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Endangered Species

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Willson Gao

on 5 October 2012

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Whooping Crane! My Endangered Animal is the .... The Whooping Crane (Scientific Name = Grus Americana) named after its call that sounds like a whooping noise. A adult Whooping Crane is white with a red crown and a dark, long pointed bill used to grab crustaceans and other prey in marshes and swallow water. They are omnivorous so they eat both animals and also plants. The Delicate Whooping Crane lives in most of North America, north to the Northwest territory and south to Texas, they breed in the Northwest territory from usually late-April to Mid-May and will lay 1-3 eggs but generally one will usually survive for the migration. The Whooping Crane has little natural home left so most of its homes are protected parks in Canada or U.S.A. Due to unregulated hunting and loss of there habits, the graceful Whooping Crane was nearly extinct with only 21 wild cranes and 2 in captive by 1941. Predators include the American black bear, Wolverine, Gray wolf, Red fox, Lynx, Bald eagles. Golden eagles and Bobcats are known to kill many fledglings and young whooping cranes in Florida. Many flocks have been caught in storms and killed, there is also a loss of fresh water in there wintering grounds. There is less then 500 in the wild and about 165 whooping cranes in captivity. Did you know that whooping crane chicks sleep standing up and their eggs are mostly tan with brown dots and weigh 7 ounces and 4 inches long. Did you know that the marvelous Whooping Crane is the tallest flying bird in North America and is one of the two crane species only in North America ( Sandhill Crane) Also a average lifespan is 22-24 years for the Whooping Crane. The newly hatched Whooping Cranes are being raised by humans dressed up like a mother whooping cranes and they can't make any human sounds so it doesn't interfere with the chances of the cranes to be wild again. The same person will fly a ultralight aircraft from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin to Chasshowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Florida to make a secondary flock of Whooping Cranes for a larger percent of Whooping cranes in the world . What We Can Do We can help this bird by saving its native habitat and we can clean up trash in its home (marshes and wetlands) and don't litter. We can support this magnificent species by helping getting awareness to the animal and the national parks which provide safety, space, and breeding grounds. We could also stop polluting the air that these birds fly in and plant more trees for better air quality. Did you know when they migration from there nesting spot in Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the NW territory to there winter grounds in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas which is about 1200 miles and when the route is traveled once the route is known to the birds for the migration back. Name, Habitat Reasons For Depletion Protect This Species The Blue means breeding ground, Orange means Wintering grounds, Green means year-round, and grey means experimental year-round. Final Did You Know ? Whoopers have blue eyes at birth, and at 3 months old, the eyes become a dazzling aquamarine colour, at 6 months old, theirs eyes will be a striking gold colour. This stunning bird has a beautiful courtship dance filled with flapping of the wings, jumping, hopping, show of their wide wings, head blobbing and making a fool of himself to impress a mate. If successful, they share taking care of the eggs and when they hatch, take turns feeding the young. Another Did You Know ? La Fin ! the end Hope You Enjoyed Learning about the Whooping Crane HI The legs are straight when they fly and they also have black tips on their wings Just a human with a Whooping Crane puppet
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