National Geographic : 1977 Feb
Better known, and even closer to extinc tion, a whooping crane (above) tries its wings before migration. When Audubon wounded one on the banks of the Missis sippi, it turned, chasing him to the river, "into which I plunged up to the neck"-one of the cranes' few victories over man. Eventually, Audubon saw that man's slaughter and habitat destruction were tak ing heavy toll of the wilderness he had so long explored. He lamented: "Where can I go now, and visit nature undisturbed?" Audubon "On the Wing"