National Geographic : 1994 May
On Assignment oraslongashecan remember, ornithologist GEORGE ARCHIBALD has loved birds. For a Siberian crane named Ramsar, the feel ing is mutual. "She thinks I'm her mate," says Archibald, who admits to leading the lady on. During breeding season the director of the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, moves his office to a hut near the crane's pen to pro vide round-the-clock attention. He regularly takes her dancing (right), following her lead in the wing-flapping cha-cha of crane courtship. The activity stimu lates the crane's hormones in preparation for artificial insemi nation. It's all part of the foun dation's effort to propagate dwindling crane populations. "We have all 15 species of the world's cranes," reports Archibald, who encourages the public to visit. "It's the first time since Noah that they've all been together." Appro priately, the birdman has been appointed to the Order of the Golden Ark by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. He has also been awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship and the World Wildlife Fund Gold Medal for his work. Senior writer NOEL GROVE hasn't stopped to rest often in his 25 years with the GEOGRAPHIC. A believer in writer participation, Noel has driven combines with wheat harvesters in Kansas and built a Mark Twain-style raft and ridden it down the Mississippi. He's hiked the Appalachian Trail and danced with Yemeni tribes men. "Nothing beats putting a pack on your back and getting out there," he says. "Out there" this time was Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, which he says "makes you sense what this country once was." Noel was a schoolteacher in Kansas before becoming a news paper reporter. He moved on to Cleveland, Ohio, then Washing AL ton, D. C., as a writer for Scripps Howard. The former Iowa farm boy has always been at home in the out doors. "When I should have been doing chores as a kid, I was often wandering away into the woods," he remembers. Now he does it for a living. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BYTHE NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17TH ST. N.W ., WASHINGTON, D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR, $2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID ATWASHINGTON,D. C., ANDELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.