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     WHOOPING CRANE PAIR NESTS ON RECLAIMED MICHIGAN BOG
     
     SANDUSKY, Michigan, August 1, 2000 (ENS) - A pair of endangered 
     whooping cranes has chosen a parcel of Michigan Peat Co. property in 
     Sandusky to settle for the summer, astonishing bird experts. About 350 
     whooping cranes are known to exist in the wild. Michigan is not a 
     normal habitat or breeding ground for these birds. J. David Newman, 
     vice president and general manager for Michigan Peat, said the two 
     rare birds were spotted in July by an employee of the company and 
     reported to management. Company officials confirmed with federal 
     authorities that the birds are on the private property and that the 
     company is taking steps to protect the whooping crane family for as 
     long as it chooses to stay. 
     
     
     The Michigan pair of whooping cranes (Photo courtesy Michigan Peat)
     "Apparently this pair of whooping cranes is from Florida where they 
     were released from captivity in 1995. Until now these were thought to 
     be part of a non-migratory flock. They did not quite make it to Canada 
     for the summer," said Newman. The birds have settled in a reclaimed 
     area of a harvested peat bog that is now a marsh area covered by 18 
     inches of water. The area is within a 1,475 acre parcel owned and 
     operated by the Michigan Peat Company, which harvests peat for use by 
     gardeners and growers in North America. "We have blocked access into 
     the area so that the cranes will not be disturbed," said Newman. "They 
     are welcome to stay as long as they like and enjoy our natural buffet 
     of frogs, bugs, snakes, rodents, berries and other whooping crane 
     delicacies." 
     


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