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Look to the skies and Buchanan Dam library for whooping cranes

The endangered whooping crane is making a slow comeback with 504 reported wintering on the Texas Gulf Coast in 2018-19. A program on the bird is 2:30-3:30 p.m. November 25 at Lakeshore Branch Library in Buchanan Dam.

The only group of naturally migrating whooping cranes in the world are arriving at their winter homes in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Corpus Christi. To get there, many of them pass over Central Texas, including the Buchanan Dam area, where a presentation on whooping cranes is 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, November 25, at Lakeshore Branch Library, 7346 RR 261.

Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Call 325-379-1174.

Whooping cranes are the most endangered of the 16 species of cranes in the world. Down to 21 cranes in 1941, the birds have made a slow comeback with a reported 504 wintering on the Texas Gulf Coast in 2018-19. Last winter was the second year in a row the population topped 500.

After spending the coldest months in the South, the birds head back to their nesting grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada beginning in March and April.

Information for the presentation comes from Frank Kloke and the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Library director and nature enthusiast Melissa Macdougall will make the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

suzanne@thepicayune.com

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