SCBI hatches a whooping crane

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal announced the birth of a Whooping Crane.

This Whooping Crane is one of the most endangered types of it’s kind in the world.

The SCBI announced the birth on May 26 and it is doing well.

A bird team took an orphaned egg in an abandoned nest in Wisconsin to the institute to be hatched.

The adoptive parents are protective and attentive to the young bird’s needs and the almost month old chick is thriving under their care.

In 1941 approximately 22 whooping cranes remained in the wild due to a number of causes including hunting and poaching.

Today approximately 700 whooping cranes have been recorded in the wild and 140 live in human care.

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Fun Fact March 4, 2022.

A bit of hollering and whooping today.  The American Whooping crane is the tallest bird in North America, standing between four and five feet tall. Adult Whooping cranes are white with a red crest on top of their heads.  Their wing span is between six and seven feet and the black feathers on the end of the wings are only visible when the bird flies.  Their call can be heard for several miles.  They nearly became extinct due to unregulated hunting.  There were only 21 wild and two captive cranes left in 1941.  Through conservation efforts there are now about 800 wild American Whooping cranes.  The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, on San Antonio Bay in Texas, is the winter home of the only flock of North America Whooping cranes.  Listen to the podcast here;