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@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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April 12, 1999:

Subject: Whooper migration

     An aerial census on 4/8/99 at Aransas found 48 adults + 8 young =
     56 whoopers.  Since the previous flight on April 1, an estimated
     76+8=84 whoopers have started the migration.  Many of the whoopers
     may have started the migration April 2-3, aided by strong southeast
     winds.  So far this spring, 127 out of 183 whoopers (69%) have
     started the migration.
 
     Six whooping cranes, including the Bullseye Lake pair, were
     confirmed near the Iowa/Nebraska border by DeSoto NWR on April 9.
     They were apparently blown much further east than usual due to
     stormy weather that later produced dedvestating tornados in Ohio.

- Tom Stehn

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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