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The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership: Whooping Crane
Bird migration, ecology, and ultra-light aircraft.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/fall2003/crane/index.html

CONTENT:
This informative and educational site is a joint project of Annenberg/CPB, Journey North, and the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. It follows the efforts of a coalition of non-profit organizations, government agencies, and individuals to "bring a migratory flock of whooping cranes back to eastern North America." The team plans to lead a new flock of whooping cranes from Wisconsin to Florida each fall between 2001 and 2005.
AESTHETICS:
The layout of this site is direct and easy to follow. Various sections of the site are clearly identified. QuickTime is required for the video and audio clips.
ORGANIZATION:
This easy to navigate site has clearly marked links to the information sections of the project on the front page. There is also a left side navigation menu for navigating other areas of the site.

REVIEW:
This site chronicles the "remarkable odyssey for the conservation of endangered Whooping cranes!" Beginning in 2001, a coalition of non-profit organizations, government agencies, and individuals joined together to reintroduce Whooping Cranes to the eastern United States. The young chicks are lead to their new home with an ultra-light airplane as their guide. The site provides information about the characteristics, life cycle, ecology, and conservation of whooping cranes in a question and answer format with tips for teachers on how to use them in the classroom. There is also an extensive collection of lesson plans, activities, and background information including selections with reading and writing connections, a glossary, and recommended links. Reintroduction and migration highlights including video and audio clips, photos and maps from the previous three years' migrations are available for study.

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