Journey North Kids,
News from Aransas NWR
Aransas/Wood Buffalo population has set a record! On my February 11
flight over the refuge, I counted 238 adults and 42
juveniles = 280 total whooping cranes.
on February 8th of a single whooping crane in north Texas, the flock
size is now estimated at 281. This
breaks the previous high of 270 reached in the fall of 2008. The flock
of 236 white-plumaged adults and 45 juveniles.
The Aransas/Wood Buffalo flock is the only naturally occurring
wild migratory population of Whoopin cranes in the whole world,
and this entire
flock was down to only 15 birds in 1941. That means every one
alive today is a descendent of those 15. Every whooper alive today
either hatched at the Canadian nesting grounds OR is a descendant
of a whooper that hatched there. Check out the table
to see the progress from 1940 to the current winter.
Annual Crab Trab
Hunt Helps Cranes
Volunteers in airboats are searching coastal waters
here to find and remove abandoned crab traps
for the 10th
traps coastwide, and 100 at Aransas!
We'll continue until February 28. On
page 6 of this slideshow about last year's pickup, you can see
many traps were picked up in years 2002 through 2010. Sharpen
your pencil and add them up.
How do you think we'll do in 2011?
Meet an Extraordinary Crane
time I said I'd introduce you to some of the amazing cranes that
return here year after year. We'll
start with the story
of our oldest wild Whooping crane of a known age. Just
how old is he? What makes him so remarkable?
The Lobstick Male:
Crane Extraordinaire is his story— and
I think you'll like it!
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge