Greetings all,

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: tom_stehn@mail.fws.gov. 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.)

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          January 08, 1999

     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
     1/08/99 revealed the presence of 164 adults and 18 young = 182
     whooping cranes.  The flight was made in charter aircraft with Tom
     Stehn and Doug Bergeson as observers and Tom Taylor, pilot.

     Recap of cranes observed: (182)

       Refuge   Lamar   San Jose   Matagorda  Welder  Other      Total
        65+5     4+1      34+2       44+6      17+4          164+18=182

     Remarks:  Weather conditions were ideal for today's flight.  An
     additional three subadult cranes were located so that the
     population at Aransas equals 182.  This ties the record population
     of the 1997-98 winter, and is one more than the 181 cranes that
     were present in the spring of 1998.  Estimated present are 100
     adults, 64 subadults, and 18 juveniles.

     One whooping crane sighted January 4th near Sabinal west of San
     Antonio could be the 183 bird in the population if it is still in
     that area.  Another crane, the adult female with a broken leg,
     apparently departed Quivira NWR in Kansas on December 29 and it has
     not been seen since.  Her mate has re-paired at Aransas.

     All pairs are believed present on their territories at Aransas
     except for possibly the R-r/b pair on San Jose that hasn't been
     seen this winter.  No pair was present on their territory on
     today's flight.  Numbers and distribution of cranes on today's
     flight were very similar to last week.  Additions were one single
     bird on San Jose, and a duo on Matagorda Island located on the west
     end of Pringle Lake.  I apparently last week had overlooked this
     duo that was on the extreme end of the crane range.

     Interesting locations on today's flight were a group of 7 subadults
     on the south end of Rattlesnake Island, 7 cranes by Dunham Bay, and
     the presence of the Willow Creek cranes on Heron Flats.

     Mr. Doug Bergeson, Whooping Crane Recovery Team member, Park Ranger
     and graduate student at Wood Buffalo National Park was present on
     today's flight.

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This report is archived on the Texas Whooping Cranes home page at:

        http://www.electrotex.com/aoc/

Good birding,
Patty Beasley
Corpus Christi, Texas

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Patty Waits Beasley, KA5DPW
Corpus Christi, Texas
Hazel Bazemore Hawk Watch
Gulf Coast Continental Flyway editor, HMANA
E-Mail: pbeasley@electrotex.com
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