are still quiet on the Whooping Crane front in Saskatchewan. So
far we have had only one report called in to the Whooping Crane
Hotline; it was a single bird seen from April 6-9 near Ituna,
SK. Do you see on on the Journey North migration map? The bird
was alone in a stubble field.
You have met the two newly-banded cranes (RAY
and YAY) and I have exciting
news about one of them:
RAY on April 13. He (or she??) was near Cudworth, still with both parents.
they seemed to move about as a tight group. I am very hopeful that RAY's family
will arrive in Wood Buffalo together before RAY leaves his parents to wander
and explore. We know there is a lot of variation in when
their young, and we know that in past years, several families did
until they reached the breeding territories. If RAY arrives with his parents
territory in Wood Buffalo National Park, we will be able to gather more interesting
information about this juvenile. Time will tell!
The weather will be improving the next few days, hopefully bringing
with it more of the cranes. I'll be back next week with more
Technician | Technicienne de la faune
Canada | Environnement Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada