Stehn Reports from Texas:
April 20, the Black Skimmer tour
boat sighted 4 whooping cranes on Aransas Refuge in Texas.
the adult whooping
cranes have left Aransas, compelled by the urgency to get up
to Canada and breed. Whooping cranes that are less than 4 years
of age don't have that same need to get north. Thus, a small
number of whooping cranes are still at Aransas. These remaining
cranes are expected to initiate migration by the first week
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Craig-Moore Reports from Canada:
and RAY are in Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP), the summer nesting
grounds for the natural flock! As
for birds entering Canada in Saskatchewan, it has been extremely
quiet. I have only confirmed another pair
near Naicam flying with 6 sandhill cranes, and a pair flying with about
75 sandhills over Regina. I have two other reports but have
not yet been able to confirm them with the observers.
weather has been absolutely beautiful with frequent south winds.
I would not be surprised if a big push north happened in the last
few days, with the birds stopping only for short overnight breaks.
If that is the case, the likelihood of anyone seeing them is reduced. The
weather in Fort Smith (closer to the nesting grounds) is just as nice
we are experiencing in Saskatchewan, which I would think
eager cranes. I'll
be back next week with more news!
Technician | Technicienne de la faune
Canada | Environnement Canada
Canadian Wildlife Service
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada