This Sagebrush Sparrow was spotted by graduate student Connor Charchuk on Suffield National Wildlife Refuge May 27, 2017. This is the first time the species has been seen in Alberta!
Photo by Connor Charchuk
This is a Critically Endangered species whose entire worldwide population was reduced to 21 wild and 2 captive birds in 1941. Since then, Whooping Cranes have made a slow steady recovery both in Alberta’s wild breeding population in Wood Buffalo National Park, and in a few reintroduced populations breeding in the United States. As of 2015 there were 603 whoopers worldwide, including 279 that migrate between northern Alberta and wintering grounds in Texas.