Standing 5 feet tall, the whooping crane is the tallest bird in North America. With fewer than 500 of these birds left in the wild, they are on the verge of extinction. Already up against weather and powerline collisions on their migration routes, endangered whooping cranes are now facing an additional threat from humans. In recent years, whooping cranes have been killed by ignorant criminals and left to die in the wild. Whooping cranes are protected under the Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Disturbing, harassing or killing non-game wildlife is a crime, punishable by law. You can help save the whooping crane. Report suspected criminal activity. Contact your local law enforcement or natural resource agency. This message brought to you by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership.