Greetings all,

The following report is forwarded with permission from Tom Stehn, USFWS biologist and National Whooping Crane Coordinator. Anyone sighting the two specific cranes in question, please contact Tom directly (email: tom_stehn@fws.gov).

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I  have recently learned of a confirmed sighting of two whooping cranes on December 28 south of  Lubbock, Texas (east of Brownfield).  Since my peak winter count at Aransas was made in mid-December, these two west Texas whoopers need to be added to the total flock size.  Thus, the peak 2000-2001 whooping crane flock is  170 adults + 9 juveniles = 179.  Two that reached Aransas this winter have died, leaving 169 + 8 = 177 in the existing population.  I have no idea if the 2 whoopers seen in west Texas are still in that area or whether they have completed the migration to Aransas.  No one else has reported seeing them.

- Tom Stehn

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Where applicable, 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 will be changing soon.)

Good birding!
Patty Beasley
Corpus Christi, Texas
Email: texhawks@yahoo.com