Whooping Cranes Could Be Wiped Out by Climate Change

Whooping cranes (Grus americana) famously barely escaped extinction during the 20th century. After decades of habitat loss and unrestricted hunting, their population had crashed to just 15 birds in 1941. Today, thanks to intense captive-breeding programs and the protection of the Endangered Species Act, that number has soared to approximately 500 wild birds. Their seven-foot wingspans are once again visible in the sky as they migrate between their summer breeding grounds at Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada and their wintering grounds in the southern United States.

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  1. Sue McCurdy May 29, 2017 8:42 am

    Thank you so much OM for protecting them. They are so wonderful. Beautiful photo.