GUEYDAN, La. (AP) — Fourteen young whooping cranes have a new home in Vermilion Parish. They're part of a project to re-establish the endangered bird in the marshes of south Louisiana.

The cranes were raised at facilities in Maryland and Wisconsin. They were delivered Thursday to their new home at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area near Gueydan.

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in a news release Friday, said the new birds' arrival brings the population of wild whooping cranes in Louisiana to 40.

The only natural and self-sustaining wild flock of whooping cranes migrates between Texas and Canada. Another flock has been taught to migrate between Wisconsin and Florida.

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