whooping crane

The whooping crane is known as the tallest bird in North America. This long legged creature has been struggling to survive since the late 1800s. Through strong conservation efforts, scientists are working hard to save these birds from extinction. Its name comes from its trumpeting bugle-like call. Each year, these birds migrate about 2,600 miles between Canada and Texas.

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