11 more young whooping cranes arrive in SW Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS- Authorities say 11 young whooping cranes have arrived in Louisiana, where biologists hope to establish a self-sustaining flock.
Tom Trester of Windway Aviation in Wisconsin says he flew with the birds from Maryland, where they were bred, to Jennings, Louisiana. State wildlife spokesman Bo Boehringer says they were being trucked from Jennings to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.
Whooping cranes are among the world's largest and rarest birds. The 600 or so alive today all descended from 15 that lived in coastal Texas in the 1940s.
More than 60 have been brought to Louisiana since 2011. The newcomers will stay in a covered pen at White Lake for a couple of weeks, then be released, joining 35 older birds in the wild.