Birds instinctively know how to fly, but migratory birds don’t know where to fly until someone, typically their parents, shows them. Captive bred whooping cranes hatched from incubated eggs would have no idea of how to find their migratory route if it weren’t for Operation Migration using ultra lights to lead the birds on their first trip from Wisconsin to Florida. Their little bird brains are cleaver enough however to find the way back on their own and to repeat the trip every year without any help. Several years ago I got to fly on a training session with Operation Migration as they were teaching the birds to follow the ultra lights. Here is some video of that experience where you feel like part of the flock with whooping cranes soaring off your wingtip. By the way to keep the birds from imprinting with humans, anyone working on the project has to wear a body camouflaging white costume. I kept part of that outfit making this story another episode of Boyd’s Big Pile Of Crap.