Whooping crane flock size estimate to be released soon

Jan 14, 2013 | Victoria Advocate by Dianna Wray | TAP Updates

The whooping cranes are continuing their winter break on the Texas coast.

This flock, the last known naturally migrating flock of whooping cranes, is estimated to number more than 300 birds, according to the Whooping Crane Conservation Association.

Generations of the flock have been migrating between Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada since the ice age.

Wade Harrell, whooping crane recovery coordinator, has been conducting flyovers of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to estimate the size of the flock, using a new counting system. The estimated number of birds in this year’s flock should be released at the end of January, Harrell said.


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