- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A flock of whooping cranes following an ultralight plane is expected to arrive in Florida this weekend.

The six cranes are following a plane flown by Operation Migration volunteers. They are heading to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Wakulla County.

Refuge officials tell The Tallahassee Democrat (https://on.tdo.com/1PLMg8P ) that the flock could arrive Sunday.

It’s expected to be the last such migration. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will stop supporting the program that aimed to help young whooping cranes migrate from Wisconsin to Florida.

U.S. wildlife officials say the birds haven’t been successful in producing chicks and raising them in the wild.

Nearly 250 whooping cranes have been released in Wisconsin since 2001. About 93 are currently alive, but only 10 chicks have survived to fledge.

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Information from: Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat, https://www.tdo.com

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