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The International Crane Foundation closed for the season on Friday, October 31st. The Whooping Cranes who live there have a beautiful exhibit, which includes a substantial wetland where visitors can sit, reflect on the plight of the species and realize that there is hope for the world’s rarest crane to recover from a brush with extinction. To learn more about the history of Whooping Cranes, visit ICF’s website – savingcranes.org WC_ICFexhibit_x7This Whooping Crane, called Omega, hatched from the last egg to be collected from a nest in Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta/Northwest Territories, Canada. He hatched at ICF in the late 1990s and has been in the exhibit with his mate, Seurat, for the past three years. Click on the image for a larger view.

Photo by Ted Thousand, ©2014.