two cranes were seen
on the refuge Sunday and they were not seen the following day (Monday
April 18)— but that doesn't mean they weren't still around.
The two family groups ( 7 cranes total) seen on the April 13th census
flight are bound to have migrated, since my last documented date
for an adult pair of cranes to ever depart Aransas is April 21. So
I guesstimate we have between 0 and 2 cranes still on the refuge.
Fast north winds, snow and rain basically
stopped cranes in their tracks earlier in the week in the
Upper Great Plains. Based
on current sightings reports, most of the Whooping cranes are
north of Nebraska, with two
from Oklahoma a week ago.
A Story: Twins On Their Own?
The photos on this page show a pair of twins
seen on migration in South Dakota last week. Do you wonder where
their parents are? Find out what
we think by clicking on
The Radioed Cranes
The 11 radio-banded cranes are still
moving, despite contrary weather. At least
5 of them are already
at 52.8 degrees N in Saskatchewan, Canada. Another two are in North
Dakota, three in South Dakota and one in Nebraska. (Journey North's
Map will be updated to show locations when data comes in on April
Stehn, Whooping Crane Coordinator
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge