To: TEXBIRDS@LIST.AUDUBON.ORG, BIRDCHAT@LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU
From: Patty Beasley <email@example.com>
Subject: Whooping Crane Update - forwarded report
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The following report is forwarded with permission from Tom Stehn, USFWS biologist and National Whooping Crane Coordinator.
When used, CWS stands for Canadian Wildlife Service; USFSW is US Fish and Wildlife Service. Crane monitoring involves cooperative efforts and support by both countries.
Anyone wanting to contact Tom about the report or the whooping crane projects can reach him via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and other information can be found at the Texas Whooping Crane home page at http://www.electrotex.com/aoc/.
Subject: Movement of Rocky Mountain whoopers
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Kent Clegg notified me this AM that all 3 whooping cranes have departed
Yellowstone NP and last night he located them west of Driggs, Idaho in
the Teton Basin. The two ultralight whoopers are together, and
cross-fostered adult green-white was about 1/2 mile away. According
to a local biologist, they had apparently been there for a couple
days. Kent also found the sandhill x whooping crane hybrid in the
same area. They will probably stay in that area into the first
week of October and then will head south. The ultralight cranes were
acting like wild cranes and not approachable - that is what we were
hoping for. The sandhill hunts closed in that area on September 13th.
For your information, I have assembled data on the identity of the
remaining Rocky Mountain whoopers. Let me know if I've scrambled the
identities and geographic locations.
Patuxent 7 - 1982 female - metal band only
summers at Red Rocks / winters at Casa Colorado in NM
Patuxent 16 -1984 male - small green band on left/small white on right
summers in Yellowstone / winters at Bosque
Ultralight 35 - 1997 female attacked by eagle in fall, 1997
satellite transmitter, yellow bands on both legs,
color band #'s 071 and 77
summered in Slough Creek in Yellowstone NP
Ultralight 56 - 1997 female, conventional radios,
yellow bands both legs
color band #'s 051 and 059
summered at Bechler Meadows with Patuxent 16 male
Hybrid - 1992, summers near Pelican Creek in Yellowstone NP,
winters at Bosque del Apache NWR
Please keep me posted as you learn more about the whereabouts of these
birds as the migration progresses.
Corpus Christi, Texas