Her presentation began with an overview of cranes, including a photo of rock art featuring a crane. She shared that cranes are found throughout the world and are important in many cultures. The sandhill crane, also found in our area, is one of the oldest bird species, with fossils dating back 2.5 million years. While sandhill cranes are the most abundant of the cranes, the whooping crane is the most endangered.
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Our colony is the only natural colony of whooping cranes in the world. They spend summers in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada and migrate to Rockport for the winter. Usually they start to arrive mid-October but milder weather in the North may delay migration. Most are here by December and stay until April.
Jeanette Larson is a retired librarian and author. She and her husband, retired architect and artist Jim Larson, moved to Rockport several years ago for the birds, the beach, and the coastal community.