Forget the ultralights

 

In your recent essay "Still Cranish After All These Years," the caption under the photo on page 15 reads "Sandhill crane in flight over Nebraska's South Platte River," but by the time the South Platte reaches crane habitat in Nebraska, it has been joined by the North Platte and has become the Platte (HCN, 9/13/10). Also, with his description of a "small industry," writer George Sibley gives the impression that it is this small industry that will save the whooping crane (if it's going to be saved). The pictures of cranes following ultralights are impressive, but the real work of saving whoopers is in protecting the only migrating and reproducing population that moves between Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas and Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada.  

Dan Luecke
Boulder, Colorado