The Florida Cranes
To begin: what is a Bird?
A Bird is a warm blooded,
bipedal (two legs)
vertebrate (has a backbone)
bills and wings and most can
It lays eggs to reproduce and
many theories have
it classified as a direct
descendant of Dinosaurs,
dating back to the Jurassic
There are 2 Crane species in Florida,
the Whooping Crane and the Sandhill
Both are Endangered in
These 2 Cranes are the only ones in North
and are most likely the oldest birds on
dating back possibly to over 6 million
The Whooping Crane in Florida
is an experimental group.
Florida Sandhill Cranes
There are 2 kinds of Sandhill Cranes in Florida,
resident and migratory.
Our snowbirds start returning
about the end of October
and usually stay until
Spring or around April.
Their numbers vary each year
and when they are here it is wonderful.
They can be seen standing in
the fields of nearly every road in our area.
have 2 chicks/babies,
but rarely do they both survive.
As with other great birds, they
care for their young together.
Both Crane species mate for life, however
mate dies or is killed, they will remate.
Crane lifespan averages about 20-24 years.
To learn more about each
please see their individual
A final note:
There is a wonderful documentary on
if you are lucky enough to get to
It details the travels of the
and has some unforgettable moments~
Places to learn more:
All about Birds: The Sandhill Crane
All about Birds: The Whooping Crane
Dr. Gary Krapu
Cranes and the Platte River
A Tale of Sandhill Cranes
International Crane Foundation
Saving the Cranes
Crane Cam - live
during Migration - late February to April
Whooping Crane Profile
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Spring Migration - Sandhill Cranes
Northern Prairie Wildlife Center
Whooping Crane Population Reaches Record
Southwest Florida Water Management
Whooping Crane Facts
Whooping Crane Flock Status and
Whooping Crane Biology, etc. - PDF Full Version Online
Walking with the Alligators
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