Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane

By: Robert M. McClung
Published by: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: 1959

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Three tall white birds strode slowly along toward the stretch of Texas salt flats which they considered their own. They were cranes—three of the last twenty-six wild whooping cranes left in the world. One was the leader, the second was his mate, and the third was their yearling son.

The courtship dance of the two great birds, the migration to Canada, the building of the nest, the fate of the chicks, and the near tragedy that overtook their mother are only a few of the dramatic incidents and events which fill the pages of this brief, scientifically accurate book. In it Mr. McClung has presented truthfully, and with great beauty, the moving story of a famous American bird that has almost completely disappeared.

William Beebe underlines the fateful nature of its plight in these words: "When the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again."

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