Meet the Cranes
Life Histories Reveal Survival Challenges
is it so hard for an endangered species to recover? The
new Eastern flock provides
a chance to see the challenges of survival. Each
Whooping Crane has its own personality and life story. Read
historical notes from
fall 2001 to summer 2012. Study the lives of real Whooping Cranes and see what you can find
out about challenges to survival.
- What is your favorite
story about one of the cranes? Describe.
- How many cranes
did each year begin with? How many are still alive today?
- How are people
helping the cranes to survive?
- According to the
cranes' stories, what seems to be the most dangerous time in a crane's
- Does survival seem
more difficult 1) on the Wisconsin breeding grounds, 2) during fall
migration, 3) on the Florida wintering grounds, or 4) during spring
- What happened to
each of the cranes that did not survive?
- Can you find examples
of ways scientists were surprised by what they learned?
- What have scientists
learned about whooping crane survival since the reintroduction project
began in 2001? Give specific examples.