Joe Duff


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After a 20-year career as a commercial photographer, Joe Duff co-founded Operation Migration (OM) with Bill Lishman in 1994. They developed a method of teaching birds to migrate by leading them south using ultralight aircraft. Duff serves on the board of directors of Operation Migration and works closely with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. He is one of the pilots who have led a new generation of whooping cranes south each year since 2001.


Immigration in Nebraska