Whooping cranes make a comeback

Whooping Cranes (Grus americana) at Aransas Na...
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Yellowknife – One of the most majestic and endangered birds on the continent appears to be making a slow flight to recovery, say experts who see whooping cranes returning to their Texas wintering grounds in record numbers this year.

The cranes were on the verge of extinction in 1941 – a mere 15 birds could be accounted for. But last week Tom Stehn, whooping crane co-ordinator for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, confirmed that 262 had arrived at the Aransas reserve on Texas’s Gulf of Mexico coast and four more were in transit.

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