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Bird lovers don disguises to save endangered sandhill cranes in Mississippi

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Aviculturists at the Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans, wearing crane costumes, round up four endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes and transport them from their current habitat, to the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge in Gautier, Miss.

By the Associated Press:

GAUTIER -- Dressed in white canvas bags, their faces hidden behind a double layer of heavy black plastic mesh, the biologists turned avian foster parents spoke in hushed voices.

"We don't want to spook the cranes," whispered Megan Savoie, crane project director at the Audubon Species Survival Center. Full Story

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Endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes stand in their temporary transitional habitat, to be later released into the wild.

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Biologists measure the wing of an endangered Mississippi sandhill crane.

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Aviculturist Meg Zuercher takes an endangered Mississippi sandhill crane out of its crate with the help of Scott Hereford, a senior wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to introduce it to a temporary transitional habitat.

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