Friends of the Wild Whoopers Inc. (FOTWW) was established in February 2014 with the main objective of raising public awareness about the only natural wild flock of whooping cranes and their habitat. As an organization, we have conducted site visits and performed habitat assessments at 6 Indian Reservations, 8 military bases, and 34 US Army Corp of Engineer lakes to ensure the stopover habitats for these cranes were suitable. In addition, we have shared photos, articles, reports, and stories related to whooping cranes and their habitat to increase awareness.
FOTWW is currently registered as a 501(c)(3) organization. However, due to health reasons, our Board has unanimously decided to shut down the organization by January 31, 2024. According to State law and Internal Revenue Code requirements, we are obligated to ensure that all remaining funds are utilized for charitable purposes.
We are pleased to announce that the Whooping Crane Conservation Association (WCCA) has been selected as the recipient of our remaining funds. Similar to FOTWW, WCCA is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the whooping crane population and their habitat. The funds will be used by WCCA to acquire land for the Aransas/Wood Buffalo population of wild whooping cranes along the Central Flyway.
We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of those who have supported and contributed to FOTWW over the past 10 years. Your support has been crucial in helping us achieve our goals. We hope that you will continue to support the only natural wild flock of whooping cranes and give your support to WCCA so that they may continue our mission.