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Whooping Crane

Grus americana

These are the tallest birds in North America and they’re teetered at the edge of extinction. Having populations numbering in the tens of thousands prior to European immigration in North America, in 1941 there were only 21 birds, including captives in zoos. Conservation efforts have raised the population to over 500. Most of the birds are in a group called the Aransas-Wood Buffalo flock, so named because of the locations of their annual migrations each year between Texas and Canada.

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