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March 30 a frontal system crossed the coast in the early morning
and brought a little rain. This slow-moving front
had created light winds ahead of the front the previous two days,
and now with the frontal passage the winds are very strong and
blowing from the north. Thus, we've been in a temporary lull for
any Whooping cranes starting the migration in the past few days.
This weather pattern is forecast to change by Friday, April 1st,
and I expect major departures to occur the first 10 days in April.
Currently, the Tour Boat captains report still seeing most of the
cranes daily that they've been watching all winter.
Wild cranes being banded again! More
seems a few cranes are hurrying a bit this year. Several groups
been confirmed in Nebraska already.
One of them is the family group with the adult female crane that
was radio-banded on January 8, 2011 at Aransas. The radioed family
group 2011-01 is moving fast. They left the morning
of March 21 and flew 635 km to north Texas. From there they
flew to Kansas on March 22nd. They took off again on March 24
encountered snow and clouds after crossing the Platte. They roosted
South Loup River in Nebraska that evening and have been there since. The family
group is with two other Whooping cranes. The rest of the radioed
birds are all still at Aransas.
pair (see slideshow) started
the migration about
same day. The Lobsticks always seem to be one of the earliest
breeding pairs to start the migration every spring, and it held
spring as well.
Brad Strobel was unable to get
the airplane for a flight this week but is scheduled to fly and
count cranes April 6th. I'll have that news
next time. Most of the whoopers should be departing in the next
Stehn, Whooping Crane Coordinator
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge