This post will wrap up our visit to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin earlier this month.
The black-necked crane is the only alpine crane in the world, residing almost exclusively at high altitudes on the Tibetan Plateau and in the Himalaya.
|Black-Necked Crane, head|
The Eurasian Crane, also known as the Common Crane, is the most widely distributed of all cranes, occurring in over 80 countries.
|Eurasian Crane, exhibiting aggression|
I've saved the two North American species of cranes for last. First, the Sandhill Crane, the world's most abundant crane, with populations that are stable to increasing.
The early spring gathering of Sandhills on the Platte River in Nebraska is among the greatest wildlife spectacles on the continent, with over a quarter of a million birds present at one time.
|Sandhill Crane, head|
And, lastly, the Whooping Crane, the tallest bird in North America, standing at approximately 5 feet (1.5 meters), and the rarest of all species of cranes. Their current population is estimated at approximately 600 birds.
|Whooping Crane, pair|
Following is a video describing the effort to teach migration habits to young Whooping Cranes that have been raised in captivity:
I hope you've enjoyed these posts about the cranes as much as I enjoyed seeing, photographing, and learning about them.