Whoop it up for Whooping Cranes...
Okay, pardon the bad pun, but I just heard from the National Wildlife Federation that two chicks just hatched in the wild; for the first time in more than one hundred years.
Here’s the story from the NWF:
A pair of whooping cranes have hatched two chicks in the wild -- at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Central Wisconsin.
This breakthrough event marks the first young of the species to be hatched in the wild in the eastern United States in more than 100 years!
This wonderful wildlife success story is certainly cause for celebration... but these beautiful birds are still extremely endangered, with only around 300 surviving in the wild!
If these chicks are to survive and join a migrating flock they will need a tremendous amount of help, and the most important thing we as Americans can do for them is to ensure they continue to enjoy the valuable and long-standing protections afforded them under the Endangered Species Act.
For over three decades, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has provided a vital safety net for America's wildlife on the brink of extinction.
Still, there are those in Congress who seek to gut this crucial legislation, and repeal the long-standing protections that have made wildlife victories such as the Yellowstone wolf, and the bald eagle, possible.
We need your help todayto continue our fight to preserve the full power of the ESA, and defend against all other threats to wildlife.