Endangered Species – The Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane

 

 

 

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Forgive me, I have been a little behind because I have been trying to figure out how to enlarge prints and shrink them. Not to mention, a new computer has entered our house.  So, since I have not figured it out yet, I am temporarily suspending any new listings for prints! I can however, make a list of those who do want prints of these drawings/paintings and contact you once the listings are up and officially ready to print. If you want to be put on a waiting list, please send me a private message on Facebook or send me an email at: Lindseyjunkins@gmail.com

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The next endangered species I am introducing is the Whooping Crane. This bird is the largest crane species in the world, standing at 5 ft with a wingspan of 7-8 ft. I can  remember seeing documentaries and reading articles about the whooping crane years ago and I always thought it was interesting to see scientists dressed up in whooping crane costumes feeding the chicks. At the time of these documentaries and articles the population was rising from 15 birds, and they were at the brink of extinction. Now, at a population around 400, their numbers are on the rise.

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Unfortunately, due to their low population the chicks did not know how to migrate. The younger generation is taught the migration routes from older birds, but without many they became localized. To encourage migration, scientists lead the birds in the Eastern group with an ultra-light aircraft from Florida (St. Marks Wildlife Preserve) to Wisconsin, and back again each year!

If you want to learn more about the whooping crane and watch their progress I have provided links below:

http://www.savingcranes.org/whooping-crane.html

http://www.operationmigration.org/

http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/crane/index.html

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/st_marks/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Journey-North/314289124930

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