Whooping cranes, North America’s biggest shorebirds, have arrived at Cheyenne Bottoms and the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.
The endangered 5-foot-tall white birds come through Kansas as they migrate 2,500 miles from their summer nesting grounds in northern Canada to Texas’ Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf of Mexico.
The bird has been federally protected since 1918. In 1942, only 14 existed. Now there are 536 birds, although one-third are in captivity.
The whooping cranes are named because of the “whooping” calls they make, which can carry up to two miles.
The birds are all white except for their black-tipped wings and red crown.
Question: How long is a whooping crane’s trachea?
Answer to Monday’s question: The Kansas State Historical Society marker telling the story of the birthplace of farm credit is located on US-56 highway, southwest of Larned.
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