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2009-06-18 23:47:48

A new exhibit at the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin gives the public a chance to see four African species in something like their native habitat. The 5-acre Spirit of Africa opens Saturday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Thursday. The exhibit includes an amphitheater, two buildings and four wetlands. Displays provide information on the significance of the blue, wattled, gray-crowned and black-crowned cranes and on efforts to protect them. The 225-acre foundation near...


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2009-03-28 14:02:08

The Gray-crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) is a species of bird found in Africa south of the Sahara. Although it occurs in dry savannah, it nests in somewhat wetter habitats. Two subspecies are recognized: The East African Crested Crane (B. r. gibbericep) occurs from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo through Uganda, of which it is the national bird, and Kenya to eastern South Africa. The South African Crowned Crane (B. r. regulorum) occurs from Angola south to South Africa. The...

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Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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