Sunday, March 6, 2011

Take a Word - Birdlife

These are North American Whooping Cranes.   They have an interesting story.  In the early 1980's they were nearly extinct, with only 15 birds remaining.  Wildlife conservationists devised a most unusual project to introduce a new migrating population of the endangered species from Wisconsin to safe nesting grounds in Florida.  The chicks were taught to fly, led by a surrogate parent,-- an ultralight plane, and they flew successfully to their new nesting grounds.   The project has been successful, and  there have since been 10 successful flights and the population has grown to 570.   If you are interested in reading about this fascinating project, see here    http://www.whoopingcrane.com/WCCA_report/?p=281

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful artwork and wonderful information. Thank you so much!

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  2. What a great and inspiring story! It almost sounds like something out of science fiction but to know that it is real and the result is the resurgence of an endangered species is mind-boggling. Bev, you are a legend. Not only beautiful artwork but a fantastic story as well. Take a bow.

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  3. Hi, Bev. I saw a documentary once about this pioneer work. It's nice You have brought this subject to us. Your piece illustrates it beautifully.

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  4. Bev, this was one of the most remarable comebacks of the species... There was a fabulous documentary shown here in OZ about the Whooping Cranes...very inspirational.
    People are now working to save the Hawiaan Crow, with only 10 birds in 2002 there are now 56 breading pairs...only found in captivity at the moment... great stories, Eh!! Oh, by the way... your piece is very powerful!!
    Great work, my frined,
    glenys

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  5. I saw that documentory Bev it was amazing...and so is your picture...the land behind my backyard is a pond and a wildlife perserve so I am really into birds...thank you for a beautful a informative entry!!

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  6. Gorgeous piece, Bev! Really interesting read on the cranes!

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  7. Beautiful, Bev. I recall reading about this. Thank you for recalling this to our memories. Love your art presentation.

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  8. What a story behind you're beautiful art, Bev, love it when you 'tell' a story relating to your entries!

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  9. These are amazing birds and an even more amazing story Bev- fantastic tribute to a successful nature rehabilitation and recovery- I hadn't heard about this- love it!

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  10. wonderful post!
    and i love how you combined the old and new pictures!

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  11. Most beautiful artwork and happy to read the story behind it. Almost unreal! xx

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  12. They are beautiful birds, Bev, and I love your piece which tells part of their story.

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  13. Wonderful read and marvellous creation. Am I surprised? -no, - your work always has something special to it!

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  14. I have just been to Marie's blog and was surprised to see what seemed to be a crayon and pastel piece of art there, and now here I am looking at your bird life, which for all the world, looks as though it is made from fabric : with a velvety background and corded framing. Nothing less than exquisite Bev!

    A very interesting and inspiring story for the survival of the Whooping Cranes too.

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  15. A great message and a really beautiful creation. Love it.
    Pat

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  16. Wow, thanks Bev for the background about the whooping cranes! You have created the perfect piece to reflect this beautiful endangered bird's plight - and flight! Cheers!

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  17. Lovely art! Thanks for the info on such beautiful birds.

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  18. I love the layout and the colors you chose, really beautiful!

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  19. Thanks for the story, your work looks fantastic.

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  20. really neat Bev, and way to bring attention to the cranes!

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  21. Great story and great piece of work!

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  22. A really interesting story Bev and I love the collage you've made. The background is gorgeous and the cranes look rather cute.
    x

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