Activists Concerned For Whooping Crane
Wildlife activists have begun to raise their concerns about the future of the endangered whooping crane throughout the entire North American continent. They claim the bird's only wild population faces growing threats from oilsands developments near its summer breeding grounds in northern Alberta and from a proposed nuclear power plant near its yearly wintering site in Texas. They are pressuring the federal government of the USA to put the fate of the iconic bird before the new energy developments, and in a spot of success, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted the contention that the proposed nuclear plant's water requirements could reduce freshwater flows and increase salinity around the whooping cranes' Texas habitat, and that the potential threat qualifies for full scrutiny during an upcoming environmental review.
Down to just 21 individuals in 1941, the last naturally-migrating whooping crane flock in the world now numbers around 300 birds and nests each summer at Wood Buffalo National Park along the Alberta-Northwest Territories border.