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Whooping Cranes

The world population of whooping cranes is the most endangered of cranes, with a wild population of less than 300.  While in the Platte River Valley during the spring of 2010, word had spread that 3 whooping cranes had been sighted.  The next day we kept a keen eye out hoping to spot a white bird or two among the hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes that were migrating through the valley.  Sometimes the light would make a sandhill appear white, and when this happened our brief elation was quickly dashed after verification with binoculars.   However, late in the day, we finally spotted two large, definitely white birds.  We had found two of the whoopers!  

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