Archives for February 2016

Whooping Crane (Grus americana)

Whooping cranes at Aransas NWR A whooping crane (Grus americana) family in their wintering grounds at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. (Klaus Nigge/USFWS)

A whooping crane (Grus americana) family in their wintering grounds at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. (Klaus Nigge/USFWS)



One of two crane species found in North America, the endangered whooping crane– measuring a stately four to five feet in height–is the continent’s tallest bird. Once widespread throughout North America, the whooping crane faced almost certain extinction in 1937 when the wild population consisted of just fifteen birds. Thanks to dedicated conservation efforts by Canada and the United States, the whooping crane has begun a slow but seemingly steady recovery. [Read more…]