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December 17, 2009

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Sandhills are beautiful and certainly not ugly ducklings that warrant pity. Their numbers appear to be stable now...if not increasing. From Wikipdeia - Though the Sandhill Crane is not considered threatened as a species, the three southernmost subspecies are quite rare. While the migratory birds could at least choose secure breeding habitat, the resident populations could not, and many subpopulations were destroyed by hunting or habitat change. However, initially the Greater Sandhill crane proper suffered most from persecution; by 1940 probably fewer than 1,000 birds remained. They have since increased greatly again, though with nearly 100,000 individuals they are still less plentiful than the Lesser Sandhill Crane, which numbers over 400,000 individuals, making the species the most plentiful crane alive today.

Sandhills are beautiful and certainly not ugly ducklings that warrant pity. Their numbers appear to be stable now...if not increasing. From Wikipdeia - Though the Sandhill Crane is not considered threatened as a species, the three southernmost subspecies are quite rare. While the migratory birds could at least choose secure breeding habitat, the resident populations could not, and many subpopulations were destroyed by hunting or habitat change. However, initially the Greater Sandhill crane proper suffered most from persecution; by 1940 probably fewer than 1,000 birds remained. They have since increased greatly again, though with nearly 100,000 individuals they are still less plentiful than the Lesser Sandhill Crane, which numbers over 400,000 individuals, making the species the most plentiful crane alive today.

Very interesting, Ellis Dee. Thanks for the information.

All 18 young whooping cranes that were led south from Wisconsin with an ultralight last fall were killed in a Florida storm. The other wild whooping crane flock in North America has about 237 birds and migrates from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. A non-migratory flock in Florida has about 53 birds. If captive birds are counted, the number of whooping cranes in the world is 500.

There are six subspecies of Sandhill Cranes of which three are migratory and three are non-migratory. Two of the non-migratory subspecies are endangered: the Mississippi and Cuban Sandhill Crane.

The other wild whooping crane flock in North America has about 237 birds and migrates from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. A non-migratory flock in Florida has about 53 birds

Although migratory birds could at least choose breeding habitat safe, local people could not, and many sub-groups have been devastated by hunting and habitat modification. But in the first game of the Greater Sandhill Crane correct the brunt of the persecution in 1940, probably less than 1,000 birds remain.

Sandhill Crane is not considered threatened as a species, the three southernmost subspecies are quite rare. While the migratory birds could at least choose secure breeding habitat, the resident populations could not, and many subpopulations were destroyed by hunting or habitat change. However, initially the Greater Sandhill crane proper suffered most from persecution; by 1940 probably fewer than 1,000 birds remained.

Sandhill crane proper suffered most from persecution; by 1940 probably fewer than 1,000 birds remained. They have since increased greatly again, though with nearly 100,000 individuals they are still less plentiful than the Lesser Sandhill Crane, which numbers over 400,000 individuals, making the species the most plentiful crane alive today.

These birds will protect their young with passion, I was reading about a pair defening their only chick against two bull moose by attacking them without fear, first the male while the female took the chick to safety and then the female attacked. it seems both bulls got spooked for a long time as they started to avoid that locationā€¦

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