The whooping crane is classified as At Risk in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See:
This bird species is also listed as Endangered under the Wildlife Act. For more information on this species and the
assessment and listing process, see:
- Wetland degradation and loss may continue to pose threats.
- Collisions with powerlines during migration are a common cause of death for this species.
- Frequent stopovers, necessary during migration, become more and more difficult to make as more land is developed for agriculture,
industry, or settlement, and fewer suitable resting sites remain.
- This bird species is sensitive to repeated human disturbance in the nesting area.
As an Endangered species, the whooping crane is protected by the provincial Wildlife Act and it is illegal to kill
or harass individuals or disturb their nests at any time of the year. Alberta is participating on a national recovery team
for whooping cranes
Posted: Aug 8, 2009