Sunday, September 12, 2010
This whooping crane lives at the zoo here in Calgary. They are still an endangered species, although they have returned from the brink of extinction. In 1941, there were only 16 of them. Now there are 200 in the wild and that many again in captivity, thanks to carefully managed breeding programs. Their breeding ground is in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories, then they migrate down the coast to North America to the Gulf of Texas. That's an amazing journey.
Pictures and more info at National Geographic
Watercolor on Canson 140 lb paper