Whooping cranes fly south, following an ultra-light aircraft. To rebuild the crane population, rescued eggs hatched in captivity see crane-costumed people and equipment and imprint on them as parents. The birds learn their migratory route from these stand-in parents. To ensure the survival of the cranes, Southern Company supports Operation Migration USA through its Power of Flight program in partnership with NFWF.
Many businesses are larger, some have more customers, but few touch as many lives as we do. We are fortunate for the opportunities this affords us for citizenship in the communities we serve, whether that community is an ecosystem or economy, a workplace or a hometown.
Southern Company fosters collaborative partnerships to conserve habitat, protect wildlife, educate children, provide recreation, remove trash, develop communities, and accomplish other services. We also provide leadership and expertise at local meetings, speaking engagements, research support, safety education, and board service, and provide a helping hand for other volunteer activities. We work at all levels from the grass roots in field offices and power plants up through corporate channels at each of our subsidiaries and headquarters to support communities and ecologies within our service territory.
Southern Company system facilities and property are located within known ranges of a number of U.S. federally threatened or endangered species. Species occurrence or presence of critical habitat is evaluated and proper consultation is completed prior to initiating activities that occur in the proximity of identified species or their critical habitat.
"Many native species, and the habitats on which they depend in the southeastern United States, require conservation to survive. Strong programmatic, philosophical, and financial support can achieve meaningful and significant benefits.
"We are seeing results through focused conservation investments we've made with Southern Company through programs like Power of Flight and Longleaf Legacy."
Jeff Trandahl, Executive Director,
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation