The Game and Parks Commission is asking residents to document any Whooping Cranes they come across as the species migrates through Nebraska.
Program Manager Joel Jorgensen with Game and Parks says the commission has been asking residents to document sightings for decades and that doing so has been critical in bringing the species back from the brink.
They numbered fewer than 20 birds total in the early to mid part of the 20th century,” says Jorgensen, “they now number about 500 birds.”
The entire flock migrates through Nebraska every Fall and Spring.
“Identifying where they stop, the important habitats helps us further the conservation and recovery of the species,” according to Jorgensen
He says whooping cranes can be identified by their pure white bodies and black wing tips.
Sightings can be reported at 402-471-0641 or the Nebraska Game and Parks’ website.
LINK: Nebraska Game and Parks