Despite federal shutdown, the 2019 Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler NWR is ON (Photos)

Sandhill Crane at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge – Photo by George Lee

The show must go on! This weekend, despite the federal government shutdown, the 2019 Festival of the Cranes at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge and at locations in and around Decatur, Alabama is ON!

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Bama Bound: Whooping Cranes are coming home for the winter

In the past, staff at the International Crane Foundation used costumes to raise Whooping Cranes for release into the wild. This process, called “costume rearing”, was used so that Whooping Crane chicks would not imprint onto humans. Whooping Cranes are being released using a new method called “parent rearing”, in which captive adult Whooping Cranes raise crane chicks until they are ready to be released into the wild. You can see two parent-reared Whooping Cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge!

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.

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Nature Roundup December 9th edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

Photo Courtesy of International Crane Foundation

If we had to pick the “feel good” story of the week, it has got to be OHenry’s Coffees installation of a solar energy system at their roasting facility.

We truly love the idea of “solar powered” coffee in the morning.

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