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Whooping crane workshop scheduled for Oct. 23

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at 12:46 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at 1:47 p.m.

Staff from the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is presenting a Whooping Crane Workshop beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library in St. John.

The hour-workshop is free but people are encouraged to register by calling either the refuge at 620-486-2393 or the library at 620-549-3227.

Each year, the endangered birds can be spotted during late October and early November at both Cheyenne Bottoms in Barton County and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County. They can also been seen in the marshes and crop fields around the region.

Whooping cranes are the tallest species of North American birds, standing five feet.

In 1942, only 14 whooping cranes were left. Now, the population is slightly more than 400 in the wild and an additional 150 in captivity.

The birds come through Kansas as they migrate from their nesting grounds in northern Canada to their wintering spot at Texas’ Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf of Mexico.

The workshop will present information on the cranes’ history, population updates and tips in helping identify the birds.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com.

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