"Endangered Cranes To Be Reintroduced In Louisiana"

"Ten whooping cranes, the most endangered species of crane in the world, will be reintroduced in a Louisiana conservation area more than 60 years after the birds' numbers dwindled to near zero, the U.S. Interior Department said on Tuesday.

"The whooping crane is an iconic species that should be returned and restored to health along the Gulf Coast," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. "The reintroduction of these remarkable birds will be a milestone moment for the Gulf Coast."

Whooping cranes -- named for their loud, trumpeting call -- are the world's most endangered species of crane and are only found in North America."

Emily Stephenson reports for Reuters February 10, 2011.

Friday, February 11, 2011