Christmas Bird Count

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…