Canku Ota
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
General Information
Insects and Spiders
Bison (Buffalo)
Mammals - Miscellaneous
Wolves, Foxes, Coyotes and Dogs
Plants and Trees
Reptiles and Amphibians
The Sky
All About Whooping Cranes
This site is full of links that provide information about the whooping crane.
American Crow
The common crow is widely distributed throughout the continent of North America.$narrative.htm

ARKive: Whooping Crane
The ARKive project has taken on the goal of gathering films and photographs of the world's species to preserve them for future generations. Their whooping crane collection includes twelve stunning photos and nine videos, as well as species quick facts such as Range & Habitat, Biology, and Threats & Conservation. "Today, cranes remain at risk from human development; collisions with power-lines are now a serious cause of mortality."

Belted Kingfisher
Large, short-legged, big-headed, big-billed bird that hovers over water
Welcome back, viewers! Mae the Peregrine falcon has returned to NSP's Allen S. King power plant nest box for her 11th consecutive season. Watch the progress of her four chicks.
Birdzilla - the Internet Birding Site
Birdzilla is a colorful, easy-to-navigate site with practically everything an aid birder could want. You can even keep your birding list on this site.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
If you are interested in birds, this is an amazing web site. There is information ... text, pictures, maps, diagrams and charts ... for all ages and all level of interest. Check out the following areas in particular.
Citizen Science
Bird of the Week
Sound of the Week
Slide of the Week
The Birdhouse Network
FAQ's About Bird-feeding
Common Raven
A large, black bird (the largest of all entirely black birds) with a wedge-shaped tail. Has a peculiar hoarse, resonant croak (calls frequently)$narrative.html
Golden Eagle
The sacred bird of the Native Americans of this region, the Prairie Edge, is the Golden Eagle. This member of the hawk family is native to the plains, prairies, and mountains to the west of our location. In pre-settlement times, only a few mating pairs of eagles (Golden) nested in Minnesota. Preferred nesting sites are high rocky cliffs and ledges, and such habitat is rare in this state. Most of the feathers worn by our local Santee Dakotas were gotten through trade from areas west of Minnesota.
International Crane Foundation
Cranes are a family of birds that have long been revered by people living near them. In Japan, the cranes are honored as symbols of long life and a happy marriage. In Viet Nam, cranes are believed to carry the souls of the dead to heaven. In North America, Africa, and Australia, native inhabitants have incorporated the crane's graceful movements into their own dances and regard cranes as auspicious symbols.

International Crane Foundation: Whooping Cranes
This species field guide includes links to a photo gallery, a table of whooping crane numbers from 1938 to 2006, and a migration map. Unfortunately, the links are not underlined, so you'll really need to hunt for them. Be sure to visit the Kids page for instructions on building an origami crane, a printable Field Guild to Crane Behavior, and answers to commonly asked questions. "Q: How many kinds of cranes are there? A: There are 15 species in the crane family Gruidae. According to the conservation status designations assigned by International Crane Foundation, six of the species are considered endangered."

The Precocious Killdeer

Journey North: Whooping Cranes
Meet the Western Flock (the only wild migratory flock of whooping cranes) and the Eastern Flock (a reintroduced flock seeded with eleven chicks bred in captivity.) " With no wild parents to teach the way, new captive-bred chicks added each fall learn their migration route by following ultralight aircraft on their first journey south, and a few are also released to follow older cranes south. Each spring we eagerly wait to see if, when, and how the youngest crane-kids return north – unaided, wild and free. The goal: 25 breeding pairs from 125 birds released in the Eastern Migratory Flyway by 2020, with 18-20 chick introductions each year."

Knothead-The Ugly Gosling
For most of us, being a Canada Goose is pretty easy and has some great perks. Lots of people feed us bread and corn and then they "ooh" and "ahh" when they see us swimming by or flying in the familiar V-shaped formation for which we are famous.

National Geographic: Whooping Crane Profile
"Whooping cranes nearly vanished in the mid-20th century, with a 1941 count finding only 16 living birds. But since then, these endangered animals have taken a step back from the brink of extinction." This whooping crane overview from National Geographic includes an audio of the whoopers' loud shriek (you might need to turn your speaker volume down a tad!), and a short video describing their miraculous comeback.

National Wildlife Foundation Cranes
The following resources provide lots of great information about one of North America’s best-known endangered species: the whooping crane.

Operation Migration: Whooping Crane Reintroduction
Operation Migration is my whooping crane pick of the day. It includes photos, field journals, lots of sound files, population counts, and a kids section. The site navigation, however, is not up to par, so use the site map to find your way around. "What is aircraft-led migration? This technique relies on the birds' natural instinct called imprinting. Imprinting means the just-hatched waterfowl chick immediately trusts the first object it sees and follows the object. As soon as the chicks hatch, they bond with their parents and become inseparable. The OM team acts as surrogate parents, helping the birds imprint on the aircraft and conditioning them to fly with it."

Peregrine Falcon Facts
THE PEREGRINE falcon's scientific name is Falco Peregrinus, which means Falcon Wanderer.
Peregrine Falcon Recovery
The Raptor Resource Project is a nonprofit, 501c3 dedicated to restoring the Midwest's population of Peregrine falcons and other raptors. Welcome to our website!
Peregrine Falcon Slideshow
The following pictures were taken by the live Northern State Power's Web Cam from May 6, 1998 to June 9, 1998. The 36 pictures show the development of Smoke and Prescott, two peregrine falcons (and their mother Mae), from just out of the egg to flapping their wings as they get ready to fledge.
Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpeckers sleep (roost) and nest in cavities (holes) of live pine trees.
Operation Ruby Throat
Building Environmental Cooperation and Understanding Throughout North and Central America
"Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project" is a cross- disciplinary international initiative in which people collaborate to study behavior and distribution of the Ruby- throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). Although K-12 teachers and students are the primary target audience, Operation RubyThroat is open to ANYONE interested in hummingbirds.
Ravens are all black and are 24 inches tall; crows are only 17 inches tall. The wedge-shaped tail also identifies it from a crow which has a fan-shaped tail. Although relationship cannot be denied, some ravens are seriously offended when somebody calls them 'an old crow'...
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
The ruby-throated hummingbird is a member of one of the world's most unique family of birds. They were a surprise and curiosity to the European settlers in the U.S. who had never before seen hummingbirds; these birds are only found in the Western Hemisphere.
Swan Identification
There are three species of swans in North America. The Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) and Tundra Swan (C. columbianus) are indigenous, while the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a Eurasian species that has been introduced and now breeds in the wild in some areas. All three are very large all-white birds.
The National Eagle Repository
The Director may issue a permit authorizing the taking, possession, and transportation of bald or golden eagles, or their parts, nests, or eggs for the religious use of Indians.
The National Foundation to Protect America's Eagles
Welcome to A website dedicated to the protection and preservation of the majestic bald eagle.
True Geese of the World
True Geese belong to the sub family Anserinae. They are colored in blacks, whites, greys, and browns. The sexes are very similar in appearance. Most of the true geese are fairly large birds with only one molt so there is no eclipse phase as is found with ducks. True geese are mainly terrestrial in their feeding habits and have strong bills adapted for grazing. They tend to mate for life and both sexes care for the goslings.
Turkey vultures have reddish heads while the heads of black vultures are black.
27 inches long with small bare red head and white tipped bill. It has a long tail and a 72 inch wingspan with silvery linings on the underside and "fingered" tips.
What Am I?
Here's an interactive game to see if you can identify Alaskan birds
Wood Duck
Wood Duck Nest Box
Wood Duck Nest Box, Build a
Nest boxes should be constructed of a weather-resistant wood; cedar or cypress is often recommended. The wood can be painted, stained, or treated, but only on the outside surface. The entrance hole should have a 4-inch diameter or be an oval that is 3 inches high and 4 inches wide.
The Woodpeckers are a large family of similarly designed birds found in forested areas around the globe. The have specially evolved to deal with chiseling wood, including "shock-absorber" head musculature, extremely long tongues, and stiff tail feathers helping them perch upright on trees.
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