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Friday, February 09, 2007

Tragedy Strikes Whooping Crane Migration

A single juvenile Whooping Crane, found with a flock of Sandhill Cranes in a Florida wildlife refuge, is the only survivor of a flock of 18 which followed ultralight aircraft from Wisconsin to Florida, in the latest phase of one of the world’s most famous conservation projects.

Conservationists feared all 18 birds had died when a storm surge struck their enclosure. No one knows how No 15 escaped, but the lucky bird was tracked down thanks to a radio transmitter attached to its leg.

The Wisconsin-Florida migration flock currently numbers 64and no 15 is expected to go back with his elders.

I first heard about the Whooping Crane migration project via a rather good TV program. Anyone wanting more information on the project should click ===> HERE. It's a fascinating project.

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