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Whooping Crane

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  • FINAL Whooping Crane Field Notes: May 21, 1998
    This report brings the latest and final aerial news from Brian Johns, with results of his nest count in the whooping cranes' breeding grounds in Canada. Also, Wally Jobman sends more news about the juvenile crane which separated from its parents in North Dakota.
  • News Flash: 24 Whooping Crane Nests Spotted At Wood Buffalo
    May 15, 1998
    This unscheduled report brings the latest aerial news from Brian Johns, who has been surveying the whooping cranes nesting grounds in Canada..
  • FINAL Whooping Crane Migration Update: May 14, 1998
    Wally Jobman explains why the Spring 1998 Whooping Crane migration was so unique. And Tom Stehn answers students' Ask The Expert questions. Plus, we await news from the nesting grounds on Brian Johns' first census report, so stay tuned for an extra "News Flash" coming soon!
  • International Migratory Bird Day--A Perspective: May 7, 1998
    Saturday May 9, is International Migratory Bird Day! The story of the whooping crane provides a vivid example of international cooperation between countries to preserve an endangered migratory species. Read Canadian Biologist Brian Johns' perspective on international cooperation between the U.S. and Canada for preserving the endangered whooping crane.
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 30, 1998
    The spring migration of Whooping Cranes in the U.S. appears to be just about over. Tom Stehn and Wally Jobman both report that Whooping Cranes are well on their way to the nesting grounds in Canada! Tom also brings us up-to-date on the latest news from the Ultralight crane migrations. Plus, learn how scientists solved the mystery of finding the Whooping Cranes nesting grounds after almost 30 years.
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 23, 1998
    One family group of whooping cranes was still present at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas! But Tom Stehn saw them taking "test flights" so they may already be on their long 2,500 mile migration to their nesting grounds in Canada. Meanwhile, Wally Jobman in Nebraska reports that more migrating cranes have been sighted in North Dakota. And even further north, Brian Johns from Saskatoon, reports additional new sightings of the whoopers in Saskatchewan, near the nesting grounds in Wood Buffalo!
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 17, 1998
    Almost all of the whooping cranes have left Aransas for their long journey north! Tom Stehn's latest aerial census found only 6 cranes remaining. Meanwhile, Wally Jobman reports from Nebraska that migrating cranes have now been sighted as far north as the Dakotas and Saskatchewan.
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 9, 1998
    The whooping crane migration is full swing! Many whoopers have left Aransas NWR in Texas and begun their 2,500 mile journey to the nesting grounds in the Northwest Territories in Canada. Observers in the Great Plains have reported migrating cranes along the way in NE, KS, and ND. Plus, responses to Challenge Question # 6 about bird collisions with power lines.
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 2, 1998
    Big news! The whooping and sandhill cranes that initially learned to migrate by following an aircraft, begin the return migration on their own! Countdown begins for the Aransas whooping cranes' departure for the nesting grounds in the Northwest Territories.
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: March 19, 1998
    With an early departure of a dozen cranes from the Texas coast, the migration is now officially underway. How do whooping cranes know when to migrate? Explore the concept of time and biological clocks, then send us a story about the misadventures of a migratory animal that completely lost track of time!
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: March 5, 1998
    The world's only wild flock is now 180 strong--up from only 22 birds in 1940. Join us as we track their 2,500 mile migration from Texas to their nesting grounds in Canada. "Count how many times I say RECORD YEAR in this update," exclaims the proud biologist who cares for them each winter.
  • News Flash: First Whooping Crane Arrives in Nebraska: February 24, 1998
    This early sighting--the second earliest on record-- is a reminder that the whooping migration season will soon be headed north.
  • December 4, 1997: Record Crane Population on Wintering Grounds
    A record total of 178 whooping cranes have now reached Texas. Based on summer nesting and winter territory data, this winter's whooping crane population is expected to reach an all-time high of 180.
  • November 17, 1997: Whooping Crane Twins!
    For the first time in 33 years, one pair of whooping cranes has successfully raised 2 young cranes and brought them all the way to the wintering grounds.
  • November 3, 1997: First Whooping Cranes Arrive in Texas
    The first Whooping Cranes of the season have returned to winter on the Texas Gulf Coast, after flying 2,500 miles from their northern nesting grounds in Canada. Over 150 Whooping Cranes are expected this fall, raising the population to a record level.
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