Whoop-it-up for Whooping Cranes

Look for the juvenile whooper with rusty plummage

Look for the juvenile whooper with rusty plummage

From a personal standpoint, watching Whooping Cranes conduct their activities amid the backdrop of hundreds to thousands of sandhill cranes milling about is akin to viewing an old masters original painting in a museum.

Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes

Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes

The controlled setting of a national wildlife refuge or a museum is necessary because society has invested much effort in both instances to protect, preserve, and maintain its treasures for past, present, and future generations.

Note the colored leg bands used for identification

Note the colored leg bands used for identification

The vivid blues of a Vermeer painting are equaled by the regal white, red, and blacks of the Whooping Crane.  The rusty “cinnamons” of young whoopers reflect the mud, sweat, and tears invested by their parents as they conduct their personal lives, which just happen to constitute the fragile threads of continued existence for a species.

Seeing is believing, and an experience of watching and studying Whooping Cranes in person has no substitute.

Let’s keep it going forever.

My Whooping Crane video is available at

https://youtu.be/llzBMyafoZ4

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