A record number of whooping cranes nests have been found in Wood Buffalo National Park during the 2017 nesting survey carried out by Parks Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada. This year’s survey found 98 nests, an increase of 16 over the previous record of 82 set in 2014.
Protecting and promoting ecological integrity is a priority for Parks Canada. The data gathered each year allows them to track the health and growth of the population, and allows them to assess the current state of the crane’s habitat, which Parks Canada is directly responsible for. The Whooping Crane nesting area is one of the reasons why Wood Buffalo was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
2017 also offers an opportunity to celebrate this amazing recovery success story of the Whooping Crane and take strides to advance protected areas and biodiversity as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th.
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