The 14 Whooping Cranes that make up the Class of 2008 of Operation Migration are all safely in Florida, I'm happy to report.
Seven are resting at St. Marks NWR in Florida's Panhandle, and seven are at Chassahowitzka NWR, north of St. Petersburg, the site used by previous classes. (This year, remember, the flock was divided to better the birds' chances of surviving the winter.)
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, more than 1,000 local residents drove to a designated viewing area by the St. Marks River to watch the seven St. Marks cranes arrive on January 18. (Read David Sibley's article about St. Marks.) The Chassahowitzka birds completed the 26-mile flight from a pensite at the Halpata-Tastanaki Preserve, west of Ocala, to their wintering grounds five days later, on January 23.
What the editors of Birder's World (and a few of the editors' good friends) find in their field of view when they work on the magazine, look through their binoculars, and consider the world of birds and birdwatching.