Cranes and Storks (Animals Animals) by Steven Otfinoski

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35 America have been chopped down to make way for buildings and roads. When the wood stork was close to becoming extinct, the National Audubon Society created a wild bird preserve. In 1952 the society established the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida. In the preserve, wood storks and other endangered birds can nest and live in safety. The wood stork is not the only wading bird that is endangered in North America. The whooping crane was once a common sight on the prairies of the United States and Canada.

World Book. Storks and Other Large Wading Birds. Chicago: World Book, 2005. html 43 Index Page numbers for illustrations are in boldface. African openbill storks, 16 Asian openbill storks, 16 bills, 6, 6, 7, 12, 13, 16, 18, 24, 28, 29 black crowned cranes, 11, 11, 12 black storks, 15, 16 chicks crane, 4, 17, 26, 33 stork, 9, 18, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 38 Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (Florida), 34, 36 cranes, 4, 17, 18 bodies of, 5–6 differences from storks, 7, 12 migrations, 27, 31–33 saving, 37–39 species of, 10–11, 13 dances, mating, 23, 23 eating, 13, 14, 15–19, 16, 17, 26, 27 eggs hatching, 24, 25, 26 laying, 22, 23, 24 openbill storks, 16 father birds, 24, 26 feet, 13 fledglings, 26 flying, 12, 13, 26, 30, 31, 32 food, 13, 14, 15–19, 16, 35 grey crowned cranes, 12 legs, 6, 13 life spans, 26, 27 long-billed cranes, 18 marabous (storks), 17 mating, 22, 23, 23, 24 migrations, 18, 18–19, 26–27, 29, 31–33, 32 mother birds, 24, 26 National Audubon Society, 36 necks, 6, 7 nesting, 22 cranes, 12, 23, 36–37, 39 storks, 20, 21–22, 24, 35–36 noises, 12, 19 44 parenting, 4, 5, 21–27 predators, 23, 29 red-crowned cranes, 23 resting places, 18, 29, 32, 33 saddle-billed storks, 6 sandhill cranes, 7, 18, 33 short-billed cranes, 18 Siberian cranes, 26 storks, 12, 16 bodies of, 5–6 differences from cranes, 7, 12 flying, 30, 31 legend of, 5 migrations, 26 saving, 37–39, 38 species of, 8–9, 12 thermal updrafts, 30, 31 threats to birds, 33, 35–39, 38, 39 wading birds, 6, 13 wetlands, 35, 36 white storks, 8, 8, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 33, 38, 39, 39 whooping cranes, 10, 10, 18–19, 31–33, 32, 36–37, 38 wings, 13, 29, 31 wood storks, 9, 9, 15–16, 34, 35–36, 37 45 yellow-billed storks, 14 About the Author Steven Otfinoski is the author of numerous books about animals.

By 1941, there were only fifteen whooping cranes left. The species was on the brink of extinction. S. government declared the whooping crane endangered. Congress passed laws to protect the species. This bird was one of the first endangered 37 Did You Know . . The whooping crane has become the symbol of conservation in North America. S. postal stamp, representing wildlife conservation. animals to be so protected in the United States. By 2007, the number of whooping cranes living in the wild had increased to 340, and another 145 lived in captivity in zoos and preserves.

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