Whooping Crane record broken in Texas
Texas is the winter home of the only self-sustaining wild population of Whooping Cranes Grus americana in the world and this winter record numbers have completed their migration and returned to the southern state.
Whooping Cranes have been on the endangered species list since 1970, when only 56 birds survived in the wild in the world. These birds nested in Canada and migrated south to spend the winter in Texas.
Since then, habitat conservation and protection of the birds has enabled the wild population to increase and in 2007 there were a total of 73 pairs which produced 80 chicks, of which 40 survived to the autumn migration.
So far 257 Whooping Cranes have reached the Coastal Bend area of Texas, breaking the previous count of 237 in winter 2006/07. National Whooping Crane Coordinator, Tom Stehn, said: “I estimate that more than 97 per cent of the flock has completed the migration so far. We know of four birds that are still in migration, so that raises the estimated flock size to 261.”
See also here.
Increase in Whooping crane deaths leads to population decline – Starts alarm bells: here.
Eastern Whooping Cranes Migrating South: here.
Whooping Cranes – A letter to National Geographic: A story that needs to be told Nat.Wind Watch: here.
September 2010: The Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP) is celebrating another success in its efforts to reintroduce a wild migratory whooping crane population in eastern North America. Two wild-hatched whooping crane chicks have recently fledged. This is only the second time in over a century that whooping cranes have fledged in the wild in the Midwest: here.
February 2013. The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is very pleased and relieved that an appropriate sentence was issued to the man who shot an adult male Whooping crane in South Dakota last April. The migrating adult crane was one of fewer than 300 individuals remaining in the Aransas/Wood Buffalo population, the only self-sustaining wild population of Whooping cranes in the world: here.
Rare whooping cranes could be coming back to Louisiana: here.
- Whooping crane carcass found (victoriaadvocate.com)
- Whooping crane at refuge recovers (timesfreepress.com)
- Miller man sentenced for shooting endangered whooping crane (rapidcityjournal.com)
- Whooping cranes spotted (kypost.com)
- Feds estimate 257 whooping cranes in South Texas (star-telegram.com)
- Texas crane totals not increasing, but flocks now inland offer hope (mysanantonio.com)
- Wildlife agency reports whooping cranes in Ky. (sfgate.com)
- N. Dakota Wind Project Threatens Whooping Cranes (naturalhistorywanderings.com)