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Species of the Day – Whooping Crane (Grus americana)

December 11, 2012

Species of the Day – Whooping Crane (Grus americana)

Whooping Crane is listed as Endangered because it has an extremely small population. However, the conservation status of the species is improving, with increases in the natural wild population.

In the 1940s the species was reduced to just 15 birds since then Conservation efforts have led to a population increase and the total population in the wild numbers 382 individuals However, the only self-sustaining population breeding in Northwest Territories/Alberta, Canada and wintering in Texas, USA numbers 266 individuals. Whooping Crane breeds in prairie wetlands & winters in coastal brackish wetlands.

Over-hunting, habitat conversion and human disturbance were the main causes of the species’s decline. Currently, the most significant known cause of death are shooting incidents and injury to fledglings due to collision with powerlines.

Conservation measures must be taken to reduce powerline collisions, Conservation groups must create awareness of the plight of this majestic birds among the general public to overcome poaching and raising cranes for reintroduction to establish self-sustaining population must also be continued.

Operation migration is a Conservation project to advance the reintroduction Whooping crane through innovative research, education and partnerships.
http://www.operationmigration.org/

This Picture is taken from National Geographic Magazine: June 2010 by Photographer Klaus Nigge

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  1. December 31, 2012 11:00 pm

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