03 February 2007

18 Young Whooping Cranes Lost

Whooping Crane (Grus americana)

Besides claiming many human lives, the recent storms in Florida claimed the lives of 18 endangered whooping cranes.

The birds were part of a program using ultra light aircraft to teach young cranes the correct migration route. This group, migrating from Wisconsin to Florida used to have 81 individuals. After the loss of these birds, the flock numbers 63--at the most--assuming no others were killed by the storm. The only other whooping cranes in existence: a non-migratory flock in Florida (~60 birds), and a flock which migrates from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast (~200 birds).

Read more details here.
Donate to Operation Migration.
Donate to the International Crane Foundation.
Visit the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership for more info.

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