Chester McConnell, the Whooping Crane Conservation Association’s (WCCA) webmaster, does a masterful job of posting both timely and interesting articles. His most recent piece includes a retrospective about a Whooping crane named Canus.
In 1964 Canus was just a chick when, during aerial surveys of the nesting grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park, he was found to have a broken wing and was brought into captivity.
Named in recognition of the joint Canadian-United States recovery effort, (CAN for Canada, and US for the United States) he was the first Whooping crane in the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s endangered species captive propagation program and became the founding sire of the captive flock at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
How many progeny does he have? Read about Canus and his amazing contribution to his species here.