Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Another Whooping Crane News Article

Yet another article about how Whooping cranes had a good breeding summer

North America’s imperilled whooping crane population — which had experts in a panic just 18 months ago after nearly 10% of the giant birds died in their wintering grounds in Texas — has rebounded after a banner summer season in Northern Canada where a near-record number of chicks were born.

The unexpected resurgence of the last surviving natural flock of the continent’s tallest bird — one of Canada’s most endangered species — has wildlife officials on the Gulf Coast in Texas excitedly awaiting this fall’s arrival of the cranes after their epic, annual flight south from Wood Buffalo National Park along the Alberta-Northwest Territories border.


“With 46 chicks fledging from a record 74 nests in August 2010, the flock size should reach record levels this fall, expected somewhere around 290,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Tom Stehn states in the latest status report on the species.

The 2010 baby boom has been attributed to ideal water conditions in Wood Buffalo, where the cranes are highly protected and carefully monitored during their annual summer stay.

This year, a number of birds was also captured and fitted with satellite tags to allow better tracking of the flock in the coming years. Individual birds can live longer than two decades.

Whooping cranes have been reported at Quivira NWR in Kansas. Hopefully, it will work out for me to go down there next week.

1 comment:

troutbirder said...

Visted Neceda Wisc. this fall to see the Whooping Cranes. It was great. Glad I ran across your blog and the wonderful photos. Also an ulterior motive. I'm checking out the various birding and wildlife places you visit as we drive across Nebraska several time a year to visit the Grandkids in Greeley Col. Face it. I 80 gets rather boring after while and we need some new routes and venues. Staying at Grand Island overnight in the fall we have seen the awesome Sandhill Crane migration though. Thanks! :)