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April 10th, 2006
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Whooping Cranes... in CHICAGO!!!! SQUEEE!!!!!

14 Whooping Cranes Spotted in Chicago Park 2 hours, 4 minutes ago

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill. - More than a dozen whooping cranes took temporary refuge at a DuPage County forest preserve, sparking hope among local officials that one of North America's most endangered birds will make the park a regular stop on an annual migratory flight between Wisconsin and Florida.

The 14 whooping cranes, which hatched last year from captive parents, stopped for two nights at the East Branch Forest Preserve near Glendale Heights, west of Chicago, park officials said.

"It's a possibility they could stop in again," said Scott Meister, an animal ecologist for the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.

The birds, which U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service workers have tracked with radio transmitters since leaving Florida's Gulf Coast on March 28, are likely to follow the same migration routes every year, scientists said. They arrived Thursday back at their summer home in Wisconsin's Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.

Only about 350 whooping cranes are thought to live in the wild. The large, white cranes stand about 5 feet tall and have a 7 1/2-foot wing span.

The cranes probably stopped in the forest preserve because it contains low-lying wetlands that the birds prefer when feeding and resting, Meister said.

p.s. The cranes we usually see are Sandhill Cranes - greyish/rust, with red on their heads. Actually prettier than whooping cranes, but not as endangered. This... is amazing! *G*

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Date:April 11th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
Wow - I'll tell Boo - he drives by there every workday! Very, very wonderful.
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Date:April 11th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
*G* Wonder if they're the one the Intl Crane Refuge "lead" to Florida with their Crane plane?
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Date:April 11th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)
That really is amazing. Thanks for sharing this.
A long time ago (years!) I worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service and I captured and banded/radio collared young Sandhill cranes for a research project on migration. Though I have never seen a Whooping Crane it was cool to be part of a project that was used as a test run to see if it would work before it was tried on the critically endangered whoopers.
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Date:April 11th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
Cool! Cranes are amazing birds - *S*.
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Date:April 11th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC)
Woah! Sounds amazing, I wanna see :D
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Date:April 13th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Y'know, the Crane Foundation isn't far from here... ;-)
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Date:April 13th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
That is a NICE photo. I know - I've been there! *G* So cool what they've done. And that little auditorium is neat.
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