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Journal Questions
Comparing the Western and Eastern Flocks

1. Location
Which flock is nearest you? Is your home closer to the:

  • natural, wild Western Flock or the
  • new, reintroduced Eastern Flock?

(Click map for larger view.)


2. Size and Growth
These graphs show the number of Whooping cranes in each flock by year. Describe how the graphs are similar. How are they different?
What trends do you notice? Make a list of questions each graph raises. Then explore your questions!


Western

How many cranes are in each flock now?

3. Conservation: Why More Than One Flock?

  • Until 2001, the Western flock was the only migratory flock of Whooping cranes in the world. The new Eastern flock is being "reintroduced" with human help. Why do you think Whooping crane survival depends on adding new flocks that live and breed in separate locations?

 

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