More Whooping Cranes expected at Aransas NWR

More Whooping Cranes are expected to return to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Whooping Cranes at ANWR
Whooping Crane Parent with twins. Photo by Kevin Sims

Last winter during the aerial survey at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, the only remaining natural wild flock of whooping cranes was estimated to be 308. This fall, at Wood Buffalo National Park, during the fledgling survey, 23 juvenile cranes were counted and will make their inaugural journey to the Gulf Coast in Texas this year, possibly bringing the population total to 331, a record high. Thanks to abundant spring and summer rainfall, the wild whoopers will be returning to a healthy habitat on the refuge with an abundance of blue crab and wolf berries.

We wish the wild whoopers a safe journey from Wood Buffalo to Texas.

To read David Sikes’ article, “More whoopers than ever expected this year”, click here. logo

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