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News Flash: First Whooping Crane Arrives in Nebraska
Journey North Whooping Crane Migration Updates will begin
next week according to this schedule:
THURSDAYS: March 5, 19 April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 14
February 24, 1998
A whooping crane has just been sighted in Nebraska!
This unscheduled report from Journey North teacher Gayle Kloewer, who
lives near the Platte River in Nebraska brings this exciting news:
"This past week in Grand Island, Nebraska near the Platte River an adult
whooping crane was spotted by Craig Davis of the Platte River Whooping Crane Habitat
Maintenance Trust." (02/15/98)
According to Wally Jobman of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Grand Island, NE,
this crane was first conmfirmed on Feb. 15, and its arrival is the second earliest
whooping crane arrival on record!
the FIRST Whooping crane you see this spring to Journey North!
Wally said that this whooping crane "is an adult bird that probably wintered
with sandhill cranes in west Texas. When the sandhills migrated to the Platte River,
the whooper came also. The sandhill cranes began arriving on the Platte River much
earlier than normal, probably as a result of mild winter", Wally said. "The
remainder of the whooping crane flock is still at Aransas and probably will not begin
to migrate until mid-March". "I expect the whooping crane will remain in
this area until mid-March or early April."
Stay tuned for our first scheduled Whooping Crane Update next week on March 5th,
when we hope to bring you news from Aransas!
Preparing for the Whooping Crane Migration
While you wait for the for whooping crane migration updates to begin next week,
you may want to order your map:
Order Your Tracking Map
Size: 30x23 or 60x47
Map #'s: 20014 or 20035
Price: $10.00 or $20.00
The First Whooping Crane Migration Update Will be Posted on March 5, 1998