Endangered whooping cranes attracting birders in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two endangered whooping cranes have taken up residence, at least temporarily, at Nashville's Bells Bend.

The pair was discovered during the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas bird count on Dec. 15. Since then they've attracted birders from around the region.

Richard Connors, president of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, said both cranes were hatched from a captive breeding program that teaches them to migrate from Wisconsin to Florida.

After following an ultralight airplane on the route, they are now migrating on their own.

Connors said the two could stay the winter in Nashville, but if it gets too cold they will move farther south.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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