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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cuban Crane Returns to its Habitat in Ciego de Avila, Cuba



Ciego de Avila, Oct 26.- The crane, an endemic bird of Cuban fields, returned to the El Venero wildlife refuge, after the rains left by Hurricane Irma benefited that area of the Great Northern Wetland of Ciego de Avila .

The bird, considered one of the most ancient birds of the American continent, moved away from the area because it was subjected to severe stress due to the intense drought that for over three years affected the central province of Ciego de Avila.

Maria del Carmen Olivera, specialist of the Environment Unit in Ciego de Avila, pointed out that this species of bird needs wetlands for reproduction, because precisely inside the waterfalls is where they make their nests and feed.

She added that they had been very displaced and returned to the site days after the passage of the hurricane, on September 9, when frequent rainfalls occurred in the territory.

Recently, in samples taken, some individuals were observed and heard their presence in nearby points, actions that will continue in the area to evaluate their behavior and the number of existing species, the specialist stressed.

The crane, scientifically known as Grus canadensis, is the largest wild bird on the island and had the second largest population in El Venero.

There is also the presence of these animals in the provinces of Sancti Spíritus, Camagüey and Pinar del Río, in small groups, while in the Isla de la Juventud the largest colony is concentrated.

The El Venero Wildlife Refuge is located in the Avilanian municipality of Primero de Enero, in the La Yana watershed, which covers an area of lagoons, swamps and savannahs that extend south of Loma de Cunagua. (Prensa Latina)