Lizzie Condon, Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator for the International Crane Foundation informed Bham Now this afternoon (December 15, 2016) that 18 Whooping Cranes have been spotted on the grounds of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. This week, during the day, up to 12 Whooping Cranes have been seen near the wildlife refuge visitor center/observation building.
In late November and into December, the Whooping Cranes leave Wisconsin and journey south to spend their winter. Only about 100 Whooping Cranes migrate east of the Mississippi River with 20 to 30 Whooping Cranes calling Alabama “home” for the winter. In total, there are only about 450 Whooping Cranes in the wild, making them one of the rarest birds in North America.
How can you help the Whooping Cranes in Alabama?
Support the International Crane Foundation’s “I Give a Whoop” campaign.
Visit the “I Give a Whoop” website. Take the pledge, and spread the word about this very precious and rare bird that needs our protection in Alabama. Feel free to contact Lizzie Condon, the International Crane Foundation’s point person on the ground here in Alabama. She has a “toolbox” of projects that can help you and your community protect and save the Whooping Crane. Lizzie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two additional items – go see the Whooping Cranes in person at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge which is open daily between 9-5 until the end of February. Also, don’t miss the annual Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler on January 14-15.