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Lange, M.L. Observations of two whooping cranes wintering in Brazoria County, Texas. In: Wood D. A., ed. 1992. Proceedings 1988 North American Crane Workshop, Feb. 22–24, 1988. Lake Wales, Florida (Tallahassee, FL: State of Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission Nongame Wildlife Program Technical Report #12, 1992), pp. 67-70.


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Two sub-adult whooping cranes (Grus americana) wintered in the coastal marsh and grain fields of Brazoria County, Texas, during the winter of 1985-86. Observations were made on 59 days during the 75 day period the cranes were present. During December and January the whooping cranes primarily fed in waste corn fields. During February and March they fed primarily in brakish marshes. The whooping cranes flew over a tall electric transmission line a minimum of 80 times during the winter. To prevent the two whooping cranes from eating seed corn treated with pesticides it was necessary to haze the cranes on 5 separate dates. The whooping cranes began their northward migration on 31 March 1986.