The following report is forwarded with permission from Tom Stehn, USFWS biologist and National Whooping Crane Coordinator.
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. Other information, including archived copies of these reports, can be found at the Texas Whooping Crane home pages at http://www.electrotex.com/aoc/. (Please link to the Texas Whooping Crane pages through the AOC main home page, as the URLs for the special site pages may change over time as updates and reviews occur.)
Chick survival this fall continues to be a worrisome aspect of the migration, according to Tom's latest report:
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November 19, 1998
TO: Division of Endangered Species, USFWS, Albuquerque, NM
FROM: Whooping Crane Coordinator, Aransas NWR, Austwell, Texas
SUBJECT: Whooping Crane Census at Aransas
An aerial census of the Aransas NWR and surrounding areas made
11/19/98 revealed the presence of 66 adults and 3 young = 69 whooping
cranes. The flight was made in charter aircraft with Tom Stehn as
observer and Tom Taylor, pilot.
Recap of cranes observed: (69)
Refuge Lamar San Jose Matagorda Welder Other Total
25+1 0 15 22+2 4 66+3=69
Remarks: An estimated 37 cranes have arrived since the last flight on
November 13, but only one new family group. Three and possibly 4
additional pairs arrived without their chick which they had in August.
The migration is nearly two weeks behind schedule, with the documented
loss so far of 5 of the 24 chicks seen in August in WBNP. Pairs that
have arrived without chicks are from nests 24, 27, 30, 44, and
possibly 38. The loss of the chick of pair 1/98 was documented in
Adult whooping crane BwB-YbY was sighted at Quivira NWR November
13-16. Its leg dangled down in flight and the bird could not put any
weight on it when foraging. It is probably broken. The mate and
chick of BwB-YbY continued the migration, leaving the male behind.
With arrangements being made to assess capturing the adult, the male
apparently left Quivira on November 16 and has not been sighted
Tides are still high at Aransas. Many more sandhills and snow geese
have arrived in the past week.
- Tom Stehn
Whooping Crane Coordinator
Aransas NWR, Austwell, Texas
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