Whooping cranes were nearly wiped off the planet. To save these very endangered birds, a special conservation program was set up at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md., which for 51 years has been the epicenter of a slow-going effort to rescue the snow-hued cranes from the precipice of extinction by breeding and training birds for release.
It’s been viewed as a model of wildlife conservation. They also have become knows for their sometimes odd approaches to raising Whooping Crane chicks.
Funding for the $1.5 million whooping crane propagation program at Patuxent, part of a broader public-private initiative in the United States and Canada, dries up this month.
You know the drill… budget cuts, money needed elsewhere, can’t be spending money on something like this… and so it goes.
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