Whooping Crane

By: Hailey Whipple

Where is it Found?

The Whooping Crane is found in the Midwest of North America. Mostly in wetlands, marshes, mudflats and wet fields. In the summer the cranes live in Upper Midwest and Northwestern Canada and during the winter they migrate to the Gulf Coast near Texas.

Why is it Endangered?

The Whooper is on the endangered species list mostly because of loss of habitat. In 1941 there were only 21 living Whooping Cranes in the world. In 2007 due to extreme conservation the US Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed that there were 266 Whooping Cranes. Wetlands in the Midwest were drained for agricultural land and oil and gas developments. Also Whoopers were also an attraction to hunters for their meat and feathers.

Why is it Important?

Ecologically: The Whooping crane mostly eats small aquatic animals and plants near water, They are also prey for large dominate animals such as foxes, wolves and bears.

Economically: They are very valuable for their feathers as warmth and their eggs are very rare and precious. They are also a key factor to keeping shallow waters clean. A must see bird to the bird watching industry.

Fun Facts:

1. 5 feet tall with a 7 and a half foot wing span

2. Fly 45 MPH

3. Migration journey is 1200 miles and takes them one week

4. Very dominate and obedient

5. It is the tallest bird in N. America