Wednesday, January 27, 2010




From January 21 through April 15, 2010, Prairie Woods Audubon will be holding a raffle to raise funds for Operation Migration (OM). OM has faced a number of unpredictable and costly challenges during their Fall 2009 southbound migration. OM is a non-profit organization operating in the United States and Canada, they rely on grants and contributions from individuals and foundations to fund future efforts. THEY NEED YOUR HELP!

OM has played a leading role in the reintroduction of endangered Whooping cranes into eastern North America since 2001. In the 1940s the species was reduced to just 15 birds in the U.S.; today it is up to 389 (as of July 2008). OM is a founding partner of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), the coalition of non-profit organizations and government agencies behind the project to safeguard the endangered Whooping crane from extinction.

There are two (2) sets of raffle items. Both sets contain: An Operation Migration t-shirt, pin, notepad and a book titled, “The Whooping Crane: North America’s Symbol of Conservation.” In addition to this, one set has a plush, 14” Whooping Crane, the other set has a handcrafted wheat straw Crane ornament. Both sets will be on display at all four meetings held during this period. If you are unable to attend a meeting during this time but would like to participate in the raffle/give a donation, please contact Pat Prichard at

In addition to the raffle we are holding, there are other ways in which you can contribute: participate in the “Give a WHOOP!” campaign or the MileMaker program, become a member, purchase merchandise or give a donation. Please visit Operation Migration’s web site at for more information.

Raffle tickets are $2.00 each, or $5.00 for three (3).