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; USFWS 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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SUBJECT:  Whooping Crane Census at Aransas

     An aerial census of the Aransas NWR and surrounding areas made
     10/20/99 revealed the presence of 8 adults and 1 young = 9 whooping
     cranes.  The flight was made in charter aircraft with Tom Stehn as
     observer and Tom Taylor, pilot.

     Recap of cranes observed: (9)

       Refuge   Lamar   San Jose   Matagorda  Welder   Other     Total
         4                 2+1         2         0               8+1=9

     Remarks:  Visibility during the flight was excellent.  The first
     whoopers rode in behind a strong cold front that reached the Texas
     coast the afternoon of 10/17.  Northwest winds were present October
     17-20.  The first cranes may have arrived October 18 or 19.  The
     average arrival date for the first whooping cranes is October 16.

     The family group is from nest 05/99 with banded bird GwG-YbY.  This
     pair traditionally is one of the earliest pairs to arrive.  The
     presence of a chick with them this year apparently did not slow
     them down.

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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