Saturday, February 03, 2007

Florida Whooping Cranes

This morning, Audubon members in Florida reported that the violent weather that killed 19 people in Florida also killed the entire migrating flock of Whooping Cranes (18 birds). At one point there were only 15 or 16 birds left in the wild, so efforts over the last 20-30 years have focused on dispersing the wild population. Had those efforts not been successful, an event such as yesterday's weather could have caused the species to go extinct!

Suitable habitat over a wide geographic area (sometimes hemispheres!) is critical to health and viability of birds and other animal species.

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