Jake Dusenbury and Brendan Marecic The whooping crane
Common Name- • The common name of our species is the “Whooping Crane.”
Scientific name • The scientific name of our species is “Grus Americana.”
The Whooping Crane resides in: • Stafford County, Bart County, Rice County and Reno County.
Description- • Adult Whooping Cranes have white wings with black tips. • They have a wingspan of up to 7 feet. • They have long legs that extend past their tails during flight. • Their flocks consist of 2-7 birds.
Estimated Population- • They are still getting the estimated population for the whooping crane in 2011, but the estimated population was 535 whooping cranes in 2010.
Habitat- • They migrate between Texas and Canada. • They live in the grasslands of the Midwest, Texas marshes and they live in Canadian wetlands. • They breed in freshwater marshes and prairies. • They use grain fields, shallow lakes and lagoons as places to migrate to. • They nest in the ground.
Food Web Standing- • The whooping crane is a type 2 consumer. • The whooping crane eats mollusks, crustaceans, berries, small reptiles and aquatic plants. • The whooping crane gets eaten by foxes, black bears, bald eagles, common ravens, golden eagles, wolverines, bob cats and grey wolves.
Why It’s On the Endangered List- • The whooping crane was put on the endangered list in 1967 due to urbanization. Their habitats were destroyed to make way for human civilization.
Biotic Potential- • The lifespan of the whooping crane is 22-24 years in the wild. • They have 1-3 eggs each time the breed.
Recovery Plan- • The recovery plan is to protect them by building habitats and winter habitats that enhance their ability to breed so that they can reach ecological and genetic stability.