This Morning Outside
by Diane Porter
Oct. 29, 2014
This bird gives a whole new perspective on the idea of rosy cheeks.
A pair of Black Crowned-Cranes live at the International Crane Foundation, in Wisconsin. They have a special building to stay warm in, as they are birds of equatorial Africa, and they have no idea why anyone would live where the winters are as cold as they are in the Midwest.
I particularly like the back view of this crane.
Kind of like a fireworks bird, I'd say.
Crowned cranes are smaller than most cranes, but do have a regal posture.
The International Crane Foundation works to help save the cranes in the lands where they are native. The Foundation is also working to educate the public about cranes. One of their programs lets people see all 15 species at the center in Wisconsin.
It's worth visiting. But be warned. You'll come away caring about what happens to the cranes of the world.
Photos © 2014 Diane Porter. All rights reserved.