The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane

kathleen Kaska is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, travel articles, and stage plays. Last fall, Kathleen completed her most challenging endeavor. The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story (University Press of Florida), a true story set in the 1940s and 50s, is about Audubon ornithologist Robert Porter Allen whose mission was to save the endangered whooping crane.

If you are a supporter of Whooping cranes and want to learn more about their history, you must read Kathleen’s book. Kathleen is very generously contributing a portion of the royalties to Operation Migration!

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Millions of people know a little bit about efforts to save the whooping crane, thanks to the movie Fly Away Home and annual news stories about ultralight planes leading migratory flocks. But few realize that in the spring of 1941, the population of these magnificent birds–pure white with black wingtips, standing five feet tall with a seven-foot wingspan–had reached an all-time low of fifteen. Written off as a species destined for extinction, the whooping crane has made a slow but unbelievable comeback over the last seven decades.
This recovery would have been impossible if not for the efforts of Robert Porter Allen, an ornithologist with the National Audubon Society, whose courageous eight-year crusade to find the only remaining whooping crane nesting site in North America garnered nationwide media coverage. His search and his impassioned lectures about over development, habitat loss, and unregulated hunting triggered a media blitz that had thousands of citizens on the lookout for the birds during their migratory trips.

Allen’s tireless efforts changed the course of U.S. environmental history and helped lead to the passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973. Though few people remember him today, his life reads like an Indiana Jones story, full of danger and adventure, failure and success. His amazing story deserves to be told.

“Finally, Robert Porter Allen gets the credit he deserves for his tireless work on behalf of the whooping crane. Kathleen Kaska movingly recounts an adventurous life dedicated to the preservation of endangered birds when the odds were overwhelmingly against success–a hurricane in the Caribbean, armed unrest in Cuba, an unwelcoming Canadian wilderness. Kaska’s narrative reads like an adventure novel!”–Elizabeth J. Rosenthal, author of Birdwatcher: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson

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  1. Madeline June 6, 2013 11:31 am

    This book is a real cliff-hanger! When my copy came, I sat down and started reading. I couldn’t put it down so I read it through to the end, one sitting!

  2. Margie Tomlinson June 5, 2013 1:55 pm

    Sounds like another item for my “Priority Purchase” list. Thank you
    Kathleen and Heather.

  3. Luella Duncan Frank June 4, 2013 8:20 pm

    Just bought it on my Kindle…thanks!

    • Kathleen Kaska June 5, 2013 10:47 am

      What wonderful devices, those Kindle’s! Thanks Luella. The whoopers thank you, too.

  4. Kathleen Kaska June 4, 2013 4:26 pm

    Thanks, Mike for your kind comments. And thanks, John. Hope you enjoy the story. I wrote the book to keep RPA’s memory alive and to bring attention to the whoopers constant struggle to survive.

  5. Mike Starring June 4, 2013 11:50 am

    This book is an awesome read, and I recommend it for the classroom as well as for home reading. I learned so many interesting facts about these miracles of nature, as well as being reminded that one man CAN make a difference. Robert Allen Porter’s legacy is monumental, and prior to this book, he was an unsung hero.

  6. John Gerend June 4, 2013 10:24 am

    Thanks Heather, I appreciate your posting information about this book. I just loaded it into my Kindle, and am excited to read about Robert Porter Allen!