14 October 2010 Let’s bring whooping cranes back to Louisiana Posted by: Elizabeth Kricfalusi | 5 comments | Share: They are the tallest birds in North America… but whooping cranes are in short supply in Louisiana. In fact, these beautiful birds—once native to the state—were eliminated from Louisiana during the last century. Whooping cranes have been on the federal list of endangered species since March 11, 1967. Yet, they remain highly endangered. Help return these amazing birds to Louisiana. Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to approve a plan to re-introduce the whooping crane to their historic habitat in Louisiana. Whooping cranes have been on the federal list of endangered species since March 11, 1967. Yet, they remain highly endangered. There are just three wild whooping crane populations in the U.S. and a captive breeding population spread across 12 locations. No wild whooping cranes are now found in Louisiana—despite the existence of good habitat in the state for this amazing bird. Beautiful whooping cranes could soon grace Louisiana’s skies and marshes again… but not unless caring wildlife supporters like you speak up now. Please take action now! 5 Responses to “Let’s bring whooping cranes back to Louisiana” Christy Fields October 14th, 2010 please re-introduce whooping cranes to louisiana…thank you for saving them from extinction P.A.HENDERSON-MILLS October 14th, 2010 MY MAIN CONCERN FOR RE-INTRODUCTION AT THIS TIME IS THE ON-GOING CONTAMINATION FROM THE RECENT MASSIVE OIL SPILL. THE CRANES WOULD BE EXPOSED TO THE CONTINUING RESIDUE THAT EXISTS IN THAT REGION. THIS WOULD IMPEDE THEIR SURVIVAL. Maianna Fitzgerald October 14th, 2010 Re-introducing the whooping crane to Louisiana would be a huge step towards bringing these amazing birds back from the brink of extinction. Though I’m in Canada, I feel that the plight of the crane is of Global concern. I’ll applaud the US Fish and Wildlife Service for taking such positive action. Debbie Beracha October 14th, 2010 Whooping cranes were once native to Louisiana, but were wiped out in the last century. Fish and Wildlife Service: Please strongly consider reintroduction of the whooping crane to Louisiana to expand the whooping crane’s range, prevent a second extinction, and restore this beautiful bird. Thank you Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home? California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years.