The whooping crane is the largest and rarest of the North American cranes.
Each year, these birds make a stop in Kansas at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area near Great Bend or at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.
Officials at both sites are currently reporting the presence of these cranes.
As a result, Cheyenne Bottoms has closed the hunting of sandhill cranes and white geese on the area's firing line until further notice. Quivira has suspended all hunting until further notice.
Once on the brink of extinction, the whooping crane population is making a steady recovery due to intensive management efforts in Canada and the United States.
Whooping crane recovery efforts include habitat management, captive breeding and leading birds along migration routes with ultralight aircraft.
Crane experts agree that these efforts are essential to the recovery of the species.