The first sighting of a Whooping Crane on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge was reported to Texas Whooper Watch around September 21.
Today the refuge reported another sighting consisting of a pair of Whooping Cranes. They posted the following on their Facebook page.
“They’re here! Our law enforcement officer saw a pair of whooping cranes on the refuge this morning. More should be arriving soon, and hopefully will be visible from the public viewing area!”
With the remainder of the wild flock scattered along the Central Flyway, the public is encouraged to report any whooping crane sightings.
In Nebraska, report any sightings to: Game and Parks (402-471-0641)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (308-379-5562)
The Crane Trust’s Whooper Watch hotline (1-888-399-2824)
Emails may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
In Texas, report any sightings to:
Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Texas Whooper Watch
In the meantime, while we wait for for the other wild whoopers to arrive, we thought that you would enjoy this video sent to us by Kevin Sims and recorded Feb, 18, 2015.
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