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A Great White Bird

A Great White Bird

| 51 min

This film documents the efforts of a group of Canadians and Americans to save the whooping crane from extinction. They display great determination in their dealings with this independent, pre-Ice Age creature. The issues of wild animals imprinting on people and the preservation of wild animals in captivity are examined in this film. Produced in cooperation with the Canadian Wildlife Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • director
    Michael McKennirey
  • editing
    Michael McKennirey
  • producer
    Desmond Dew
  • executive producer
    Colin Low
  • script
    Ian MacNeill
  • photography
    Don Virgo
    Douglas Kiefer
    David De Volpi
  • sound
    Jean-Guy Normandin
  • sound editing
    Ken Page
  • narrator
    Ian MacNeill
  • music
    Karl Duplessis


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Ages 9 to 17

Geography - Territory: Protected
Science - Biology
Science - Environmental Science
Science - Life Systems/Ecology
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues
Social Studies - Environmental Challenges

Account for the mysteries surrounding the whooping crane that continue to confound Canadian and American biologists. Discuss the lack of success in breeding these birds in captivity. Describe the inconsistent successes of “Operation Egg Lift,” artificial insemination of the cranes and foster parenting.

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