An aerial census of the Aransas NWR and surrounding areas made
11/05/98 revealed the presence of 16 adults and 0 young = 16
Recap of cranes observed: (16)
Refuge Lamar San Jose Matagorda Welder Other Total
9 1 4 2 16
Remarks: An estimated 9 cranes have arrived since the last flight
on October 29. The migration is more than a week behind schedule.
Sightings indicate the whoopers are spead out between North Dakota
and Texas, with a group of 13 documented in North Dakota on
November 3rd, and 3 whoopers spending their second week on the
Platte River in Nebraska. Snow is forcast for this weekend in the
crane migration corridor so the cranes are expected to move rapidly
across the States within the next two weeks.
Tides are still high at Aransas.