North American Whooping Crane numbers estimated to be in the 10,000s in the late 1800s but by 1942, it was almost extinct due to over-hunting and nesting habitat destruction. Only 16 birds were left worldwide. In 1970, it was placed on the Federal Endangered Species List as well as the Nebraska Endangered Species List and today totals fewer than 600.
For more information and ways to help: http://rarespecies.nebraska.gov/portfolio/whooping-crane/
January is Nebraska Endangered Species Month here at Go Eclectic World with the focus being placed on threatened native species of our amazing state.
But before we get to the plants and animals, let’s profile one famous native Nebraskan and his fight to be a voice for animals who are on the verge of being gone forever…
Joel Sartore, Local Hero
Joel Sartore is a notable National Geographic photography, speaker, and naturalist who lives in Lincoln, Nebraska and has dedicated his life to raising awareness for endangered animals. He has written several books such as RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species and Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky. Currently he is the founder of The Photo Ark which is a multi-year documentary that focuses on photographing critically endangered species and habitats to preserve their images for future generations who may not get to see them.
“It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.”—Joel Sartore