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Greetings all!

The following report is forwarded with permission from Tom Stehn, USFWS biologist and US Whooping Crane Coordinator.

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WHOOPING CRANE UPDATE / August 25, 2006


Great news from Canada! Survival has been good for the 76 whooping crane chicks that hatched from 62 nests in June (see below). I'm hoping to count 230+ whooping cranes in the flock this fall.

Tom Stehn
Whooping Crane Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Aransas NWR
P.O. Box 100
Austwell, TX 77950
(361) 286-3559 Ext. 221
fax (361) 286-3722
E:mail: tom_stehn@fws.gov

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I wanted to update you on the number of fledged young that we found on our surveys. Lea Craig-Moore and I found a record for August of 47 young, including 7 sets of twins. Previously, the highest number of chicks found in August had been 39.

Brian Johns
Wildlife Biologist
Canadian Wildlife Service
115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X4
Phone: (306) 975-4109

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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, plus many volunteers and non-profit organizations along the way.

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 web site at http://www.ccbirding.com/

Patty Waits Beasley
Corpus Christi, TX
email: patty@ccbirding.com
web: http://www.ccbirding.com/