2 eggs offer hope for endangered whooping cranes

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – Two eggs sitting on a nest of marsh grass and sticks in a crawfish pond offer a hope in a project to bring back the endangered whooping crane to south Louisiana.

State wildlife and fisheries biologist Sam Zimorski says they're fingers are crossed that next week there will be chicks hatching there.

It's been 75 years since a whooping crane egg was documented in the state, and the birds had disappeared from the Louisiana landscape by 1950, the victim of habitat loss and hunting.

The Advocate reports Tuesday's announcement of the new eggs was made in Lafayette at the North American Crane Workshop meeting, a gathering of scientists and conservationists interested in crane issues.

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