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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 'GRUS AMERICANA' Alive we Long before ecology cranes concerned ns MARCH VALUE By DON OAKLEY ROCKPORT, Tex. - Long before ecology became a household word, North Americans were aware of, if not especially concerned about, the struggle tor survival of something called the whooping crane. Standing, as high as five feet, its black-tipped wings stretching seven feet, crimson-crested Grus Americana, the whoop-crane, is not only one of the Western Hemisphere's most significent birds, it has become f WHOOPING CRANES Year___Total 1941  15 1942- 19 1943-�21 1944- 18 1945 (Inc.) 1946-�25 1947-�31 1948--�30 1949-�34 1950--�31 1951- 25 1952-�21 1953-�24 1954-�21 1955-�28 1956-�24 1957-�26 1958-�32 1959-�33 1960-�36 1961-�38 1962-�32 1963-�33 1964-�42 1965-�44 1966-�43 1967-�48 1968-�49 1969-�56 1970-�57 1971-�59 1972- 51 of our belated realization of how much of our natural heritage we have lost, and how much we- are in danger of losing. If the whooping cane can make it, maybe there's hope for a-lot of other things.' From the razor's edge of extinction in 1941, when the official count found only 15 of the birds, the whooping crane has (staged a remarkable comeback. Successful In the winter of 1971-72 , 59 whoopers were counted at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf Coast below Houston, having successfully made the 2,600 - males migratory flight from northern Canada across Saskatchewan, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. This winter, however, the number spotted amid the salt marshes and tidal pools of the refuge dropped to 51, the greatest'setback since the counting began. What made it worse was that five of the 51 were juveniles, meaning that a total of 13 adult birds were lost -in one year. What happened to them remains a mystery. There may never have been any great population of whooping cranes, although it is known that as recently as a ceri