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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46 comments

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege3 years ago

Thank you.

Shin Takahashi
Shin Takahashi4 years ago

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

Jessica Crane
Jessica Crane4 years ago

I love Cranes!

Ruth S.
Ruth C.4 years ago

God bless them!

Maggie Carmel
Maggie Carmel4 years ago

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

Carrie Anne Brown

great news thanks for sharing :)

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

amazing

Angel Campbell
Angel Campbell4 years ago

Cool! Hope they survive!

eusebio vestias
Eusebio vestias4 years ago

Obrigado por compartilhar

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you.