Not Today, But Maybe Tomorrow
No go again today. The winds are from the right direction, but the cloud ceiling is 300 feet at the site in Terrell County, Georgia. But there's hope for tomorrow; the winds should remain out of the northwest overnight, so the team is hoping they can make Gilchrist County (FLORIDA!) tomorrow. They are two 2 or possibly 3 stops from Chassahowitzka. So stay tuned!
the wild whoopers? Tom Stehn flew over the Refuge on December 3rd to count
Whooping cranes now at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding
areas. You may recall that Tom was hoping for 200 or more cranes to arrive.
While excellent migration conditions on November 27-28 would have allowed
remaining migrants to reach the refuge, there've been no recent reports
of whooping cranes in migration. "Stragglers" have been known
to arrive in mid-December, so let's keep hoping for more. Aransas has
25 crane family groups. Tom reports: "New arrivals from last week
included the Pipeline family group and the Allyn's Bight pair. If these
5 newly arrived cranes are added to last week's population estimate of
183, then it is probable that 188 whooping cranes are present. However,
since we could only find 185 on the flight, this lower number remains
my current estimate. Efforts will be made on future flights to get a more
accurate count. Although more cranes are hoped for, it is troubling that
a few more cranes weren't found on today's flight. Peak population counts
are usually made at Aransas no earlier than mid-December. I am hopeful
that the population this winter will exceed the all-time high of 188 reached
in the 1999-2000 winter, but I am concerned that today's early December
total wasn't higher." We sure hope some stragglers turn up soon!
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