"Operation Broken Wing"
a flight for survival
This year we are very fortunate to be able to work with so
many wildlife specialists from a broad spectrum of federal
and state agencies committed to saving the Piping Plover, a
small shore bird who visits the sandy shores of the Mighty
Missouri in the spring.
In January 2018 the kids will be going on the road with a 20
minute informative news style performance sharing the
Piping Plover story.
A very big thank you to our conservation partners; US
Army Corp of Engineers, ND Game & Fish, US Fish &
Wildlife, US and US Department of Agriculture..
thank you..Lori and the Kids
Click on Delilah to hear the Calvineers.
Many moons ago Zoo Stories began with a simple story about Delilah an endangered Atlantic
Right Whale who washed up on shore after dying from a vessel collision. Her remains were the
first fully intact skeleton of a Right Whale and were brought to the local museum to be used for
educating the public.
Delilah left behind a young calf by the name of Calvin. In 2001 Calvin herself needed to be
rescued, she had a long green rope hanging from her mouth. Crews were dispatched and the
rope was detached, a few years later in 2005, Calvin turned up in the Bay of Fundy with a calf
of her own.
Hearing the good news the Calvineers, a group of young people, put their voices together in
support of the efforts to help the endangered Atlantic Right Whales.
After hearing the story of Delilah and Calvin the Kids at the Afterschool Place wanted to do
something for endangered species to insure that all wild species have a wild space to call home.
"How do we do that?" A few ideas were tossed around and after a quick vote the kids decided,
"We're going on the road." Since 2009 the kids have spoken to and performed for more than
2200 people in the Bismarck and Mandan community. Some of the species we have covered are
Whooping Crane, Black Footed Ferrets, Dakota Skipper, Lesser Prairie Chicken, Pallid Sturgeon
and our very own Missouri River shore bird the threatened Piping Plover.