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A New Wildlife Sanctuary In The Delta

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The Nature Conservancy will use 35 million dollars in state grants to purchase a large wildlife sanctuary in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The Conservancy announced today it is purchasing the 9200 acre Staten Island. It is one of the state´s largest havens for Sandhill Cranes.

Officials say the island will serve as a wildlife-friendly farming operation and a preserve for a variety of waterfowl including the cranes.