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Whooping cranes: Ultimate snow birds
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Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge - Flight time from Madison to Chicago - 50 minutes; from Chicago to New York - two hours, 40 minutes; and, from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin to the Chassaho-witzka NWR in Florida - nine weeks.When seven whooping cranes folded their wings Jan. 12 at an enclosed facility near Crystal City, Florida, their journey had covered more than 1,200 miles in 40-mile increments, with numerous layovers due to bad weather, tired limbs and a host of logistical problems.

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