Making Whoopee

Pittman, Craig
January 2003
Smithsonian;Jan2003, Vol. 33 Issue 10, p92
Discusses the whooping crane population of central Florida. Efforts of Gene and Tina Tindell to aid in the research and study of cranes at their home near Dyches Lake. Gene Tindell has become an authority on the behavior of the world's rarest crane, Grus americana, only 415 of which exist today. Whooping cranes once ranged across the United States, Canada and Mexico, but by the Civil War fewer than 1,400 remained. As settlers moved across the country and up and down the East Coast, they drained native marshes and shot the birds for sport. In 1993, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released I4 captive-reared birds on a former cattle ranch not far from Orlando, Florida.


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