Pair of whooping cranes at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Photo credit: USFWS/Joel Trick
According to Curtis J. Wolf, the manager of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, as of yesterday, there are 18 whooping cranes staying at Cheyenne Bottoms. Whooping cranes are a federally endangered bird species. They have recovered from a population low of 21 birds in 1947 and today there are approximately 340 birds in the wild. Cheyenne Bottoms is a common stopover for migrating whooping cranes as they make their Fall journey from Canada to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Corpus Christi, TX.
Also, there are approximately 100,000 geese and approximately 40,000 ducks at the Bottoms. So, head outside this weekend and check out Cheyenne Bottoms. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is a great place to begin your tour and learn about some of the other unique animals you can see at Cheyenne Bottoms. For directions and other information, please visit the Kansas Wetlands Education Center website.
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