<p><b>Status: Endangered</b></p> <p>The whooping crane <i>(Grus americana)</i> almost vanished in the mid-20th century, but the U.S. and Canada worked to save the tallest bird in North America. An ultralight aircraft led young birds on their first migration south. Photographed at <a href="http://www.auduboninstitute.org/conservation/saving-species/audubon-center-research-endangered-species" target="_blank">Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species</a>, New Orleans, Louisiana.</p> <p><a href="http://national-geographic.cafepress.com/art.827739606" target="_blank">Buy a print</a> | <a href="http://www.natgeocreative.com/photography/1436303" target="_blank">License this photo</a></p>

Whooping Crane

Status: Endangered

The whooping crane (Grus americana) almost vanished in the mid-20th century, but the U.S. and Canada worked to save the tallest bird in North America. An ultralight aircraft led young birds on their first migration south. Photographed at Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Photograph by Joel Sartore, Nat Geo Image Collection

A Flight of Birds

A selection of portraits from Photo Ark, a project to document the world's animals before they disappear.

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