Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


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Anschutz, "Whooping Crane Sightings during Spring Migration, 1993," from Nebraska Bird Review (September 1993) 61(3).


Copyright 1993, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


A total of 136 whooping cranes began the migration from Aransas National wildlife Refuge in the spring of 1993, and all the cranes had left by April 26. The migration proceeded rapidly, with no major storms within the flyway. The first dates for confirmed observations of migrating cranes were April 2 in the U.S. and April 5 in Canada. The last sighting date was June 2 in Saskatchewan, Canada. Sightings were reported from Texas (1), Oklahoma (1), Kansas (7), Nebraska (8), South Dakota (3), North Dakota (2), and Saskatchewan, Canada (22). The longest stopover time was a juvenile, migrating alone, which stopped in central Kansas for 14 days. There were 14 cranes on a small wetland playa in central Kansas, a new record for size of a migration group in the U.S. By early June, 42 nests had been located on the northern breeding grounds. The contact for more information is Wally Jobman at the above address, phone (308)382-6468.