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Live Webcam: Endangered Cranes About to Hatch 3 Eggs

Live Webcam: Endangered Cranes About to Hatch 3 Eggs

By Jaymi Heimbuch, TreeHugger

East African Crowned cranes are spectacular birds, sporting a rather interesting “crown” of feathers on their heads along with other beautiful plumage. Two members of this species live at Pandemonium Aviaries, a California-based sanctuary for rare and endangered bird species. And they’re about to hatch three eggs on a live webcam stream! (requires free registration to view)

Olivia and Ferguson are the proud parents, and you can watch them round the clock tending to their clutch of eggs. The expected hatch date is Thursday, but it could potentially be any moment now that these little chicks break through their shells.

East African Crowned cranes, a subspecies of the Grey Crowned cranes, are endangered due to habitat loss and degradation from human activities including due pesticide use, overgrazing by livestock, drainage of their wetland breeding areas, and drought. Because the species is on the decline, these little chicks will be important new members of Pandemonium. The non-profit sanctuary’s mission is to conserve endangered and rare bird species until it is safe to reintroduce them to the wild.

The sanctuary states, “Today, Pandemonium is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the US, and we are among the few groups addressing the issue of birds disappearing from the wild and from aviculture by conservation breeding of endangered species. We do not sell any birds. Our baby birds are parent-raised. We breed for species survival and not for the pet market.”

One of the best parts is that while the sanctuary doesn’t allow public visits for the health and comfort of the birds, they do have webcams! So you can tune in to the two webcams that will feature the nest of Olivia and Ferguson, and watch the hatching of three special little chicks.

 

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12:44PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thank you.

2:03AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Increasing Crane populations is also a good news for the world,

6:30AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

I love Cranes!

9:58AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

God bless them!

10:18AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

They're so beautiful!
I hope we're lucky with these eggs

9:42AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

great news thanks for sharing :)

7:17AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

amazing

4:27AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Cool! Hope they survive!

3:27AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Obrigado por compartilhar

9:47PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Thank you.

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