‘WHOOPERS!’ it’s time to check presentation by crane enthusiast

Whooping cranes are the tallest, and one of the rarest, birds in North America. Once numbering as few as 15 wild birds, years of work by public and private conservationists have brought the cranes’ current population to an estimated 600 birds.

You always know when Evey Horn of Eckert has something to report about Whooping cranes because she sends her emails in ALL CAPS.

Horn is a bit of a crane expert, having followed the fate of Whooping cranes, North America’s rarest and largest bird, for nearly twenty years.

She says she saw her first Whooping cranes in Hart’s Basin near Eckert, remnants of the failed effort to have Sandhill cranes foster young Whooping cranes. Although that effort was abandoned in 1989, other work around the country proved more successful to where today there are an estimated 600 Whooping cranes.

Horn has given presentations about cranes at the annual Festival of the Cranes at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and regularly keeps local birders informed about Whooping and other cranes.

She’ll share her enthusiasm and expertise during her talk about Whooping cranes Feb. 26 at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta.


WHAT: “WHOOPERS!,” a free presentation by local crane enthusiast Evey Horn of Eckert.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Feb. 26

WHERE: Bill Heddles Recreation Center, Delta.

HOW: Presented by the Black Canyon Audubon Society.


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