Updates from May, 2011


Mapping the flight of the whooping crane

May 25th, 2011 | Related Press

The first whooping cranes banded with radio transmitters have completed a full migration cycle between Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Aransas Wildlife Reserve in Texas, and the results are surprising. One juvenile crane flew all the way to the park, […]

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2011 Survey of Nesting Whooping Cranes

May 22nd, 2011 | Related Press

Kathy St. Laurent (CWS-Ontario) and I completed this year’s survey of nesting whooping cranes in and around Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) last week. We conducted the survey in close cooperation with Parks Canada (PCA) and were accompanied on one day by John McKinnon (PCA) […]

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Texas: In Face of Climate Change, Coast Is Not Clear for Whooping Cranes

May 20th, 2011 | Related Press

Even though a record-breaking 281 whooping cranes wintered this past season at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf Coast of Texas, climate change is a major concern for the charismatic endangered species. The primary threat to the cranes’ survival, according to Aransas Refuge manager […]

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Whooping cranes spread outside park

May 12th, 2011 | Related Press

Endangered whooping cranes are expanding outside Wood Buffalo National Park, another sign that their population is recovering. The cranes have begun spreading onto the lands of the Salt River First Nation, N.W.T., near the northeast corner of the park, which straddles the N.W.T.-Alberta boundary. The […]

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Severe drought in Texas worst in map’s history

May 5th, 2011 | Related Press

LUBBOCK, Texas — The amount of land in exceptional drought in Texas is the most in the 11 years forecasters have tracked the data, a weather official said Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows more than a fourth of the state, 25.96 […]

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