Monday, February 6th, 2023
Monday, February 6th, 2023

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Reports of two whooping crane sightings have these birders on a mission

Whooping cranes are still working their way back from the brink of extinction. The population has grown from fewer than 20 birds in the mid-1940s to almost 850 birds today, according to the foundation.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two endangered whooping cranes have bird enthusiasts searching all over north Florida for a glimpse of the rare, elusive birds.

The Gainesville Sun reports that the Alachua Audubon Society is holding its Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, and that participants are especially looking for the whooping cranes, which are an endangered species nationwide.

One adult has been seen in the Paynes Prairie area for a few years. Alachua Audubon says a second, younger crane has been spotted at Kanapaha Prairie.

The two are rarer still because they are among the few birds hatched in the wild in Florida that have survived.

The large birds, about 14 of which live in Florida, can grow to 5 feet tall.

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