Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Whooping Cranes - Necedah national wildlife refuge

A rare site in nature, this whooping crane couple is taking flight prior to the autumn migration of 2008. There are less than 400 whooping cranes living in wild today. With the efforts of the international crane foundation the whooping crane may someday rebound in numbers. During the late 1800's an estimated 1500 birds existed in the wild. An article in the local newspapers stated that black flies maybe driving the whooping crane from their nests abandoning their eggs before they hatch. Here's a link to the article: Black flies may be driving whooping cranes off nests

Whooping cranes taking flight - Necedah national wildlife refuge

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