POSTED 2:57 PM, DECEMBER 2, 2015, BY MEGAN BRANTLEY, UPDATED AT 04:06PM, DECEMBER 2, 2015
DECATUR, Ala. – The International Crane Foundation is asking for your help to protect a rare breed of crane that has made its way to north Alabama. The whooping crane has been migrating to our region since 2003, but conservationists say many still don’t know they’re here.
“Whooping cranes are the rarest of the crane species,” said Lizzie Condon of the International Crane Foundation.
There are only 600 of these cranes left in existence, even fewer still in the wild. “You can find them only in North America. Some of them are in Canada, but most of them are here in the United States,” said Condon.
One of the tallest birds in the world, the cranes stand five feet in height.