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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Wild Whooping Crane Chicks

CNN.com reports that for the first time in more than 100 years Whooping Cranes are breeding in the eastern US. Here's a shot of the proud parents:

A pair of cranes at the Necedah Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin have given birth to two brown chicks who will hopefully live to migrate with their parents. The parents were born just over yonder at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland and have been migrating (on their own and with help from ultralight aircraft) between Necedah WR and Chassahowitzka Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

The east coast flock contains only about 60 birds, but 22 captively hatched youngsters are ready to join the flock this fall. A separate flock of 200 birds migrates from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Read more here:
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership
USGS Patuxent Whooping Crane Breeding 2006
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