Endangered whooping cranes arriving in Texas
For The Record
Port Aransas— At least 70 endangered whooping cranes have flown from Canada to a refuge in Texas. Improved numbers of the species are expected to winter on the Texas coast.
Texas’ winter flock of whooping cranes represents the last
remaining “natural” flock of whooping cranes in the wild, and, according
to Lee Ann Linam, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist, Texas
plays an important role in the species’ future recovery.
Tom Stehn with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services says
the ground survey was done at the Aransas National
Wildlife Refuge. Sten on Thursday also said that last week’s cold snap
apparently led more whooping cranes to head south.
The Victoria Advocate reports six of 10 birds fitted with radio transmitters, for tracking, have arrived in Texas.
Stehn says there were 263 birds in the flock when they migrated
north last spring. Biologists expect 285 to 290 cranes this fall in
The flock summers in Wood Buffalo National Park in the Northwest
Territories of Canada. Stehn says there was plenty of water this year at
the breeding grounds, meaning improved conditions for survival.