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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October 27, 1999

     SUBJECT:  Whooping Crane Census at Aransas

     An aerial census of the Aransas NWR and surrounding areas made
     10/27/99 revealed the presence of 23 adults and 3 young = 26
     whooping cranes.  The flight was made in charter aircraft with
     Jennifer Sanchez as observer and Tom Taylor, pilot.


     Recap of cranes observed: (26)


     Refuge   Lamar   San Jose   Matagorda  Welder   Other     Total
      10+1              6+1         7+1       0              23+3=26


     Remarks:  Visibility during the flight was excellent.  An estimated
     15+2=17 whooping cranes have arrived since the last flight on
     October 20.

- Tom Stehn

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Good birding!
Patty Beasley
Corpus Christi, Texas