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Still in Meigs County, TN
is day 3 of "no-fly days" at Hiwassee Refuge in Tennessee.
The team is
going nowhere for at least another day, no thanks to gusty winds. But
elsewhere in North America, some Whooping cranes are making their migration
decisions without the aid of humans. The
GOOD news is that Crane #14 from 2002 finally began her migration! She
left Carroll County, Illinois, where she lived all summer and fall among
Sandhill cranes. You recall that she was the only crane from last year
that did not return to Wisconsin, and did not start migration when all
the other whoopers did.
are arriving in Texas, too. On Nov. 26, Tom Stehn flew for 8 hours in
a small over Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to check on the newest arrivals.
He reports 11 more than last week's total of 172—for a total of
183. This is one less than the total present in spring, 2003. Tom said,
"It is probable that 6-8 cranes were overlooked on today's flight
due to poor visibility. These cranes, along with an unknown number of
cranes still in migration, should allow the population
to exceed the all-time high of 188 reached in the 1999-2000 winter."
Wouldn't that be fantastic news?
This! Journaling Question
Stehn said new arrivals from last week (11 cranes) included three
family groups and one banded pair. If these are wild whoopers, when
were they banded? When was the whooping
crane color-banding program conducted? Why?
North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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