[Surfnetkids: 11 Mar 2009] Whooping Cranes

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#1. Mar 11, 2009

Barbara J. Feldman
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#3. Whooping Cranes

by Barbara J. Feldman

Whooping Cranes Printable (** for premium members only)

The endangered North American whooping crane has a remarkable story. Starting in 2001 (using a method pioneered by Bill Lishman and Joe Duff with Canada Geese) a flock of baby whoopers raised in captivity in Wisconsin was trained to follow an ultralight aircraft to their winter home in Florida. Learn more about whooping cranes and their amazing comeback story at the following sites.

ARKive: whooping Crane
The ARKive project has taken on the goal of gathering films and photographs of the world’s species to preserve them for future generations. Their whooping crane collection includes twelve stunning photos and nine videos, as well as species quick facts such as Range & Habitat, Biology, and Threats & Conservation. “Today, cranes remain at risk from human development; collisions with power-lines are now a serious cause of mortality.”

International Crane Foundation: whooping Cranes
This species field guide includes links to a photo gallery, a table of whooping crane numbers from 1938 to 2006, and a migration map. Unfortunately, the links are not underlined, so you’ll really need to hunt for them. Be sure to visit the Kids page for instructions on building an origami crane, a printable Field Guild to Crane Behavior, and answers to commonly asked questions. “Q: How many kinds of cranes are there? A: There are 15 species in the crane family Gruidae. According to the conservation status designations assigned by International Crane Foundation, six of the species are considered endangered.”

Journey North: Whooping Cranes
Meet the Western Flock (the only wild migratory flock of whooping cranes) and the Eastern Flock (a reintroduced flock seeded with eleven chicks bred in captivity.) ” With no wild parents to teach the way, new captive-bred chicks added each fall learn their migration route by following ultralight aircraft on their first journey south, and a few are also released to follow older cranes south. Each spring we eagerly wait to see if, when, and how the youngest crane-kids return north — unaided, wild and free. The goal: 25 breeding pairs from 125 birds released in the Eastern Migratory Flyway by 2020, with 18-20 chick introductions each year.”

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Whooping Cranes Printable
Printable Whooping Crane Word Search
Whooping Cranes Wikipedia Printable
Endangered Species Printable

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Whooping Crane Jigsaw

Whooping Crane Word Search

Whooping Crane Crossword

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