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Anschutz, "Whooping Crane Sightings during March-May 1996 Migration," from Nebraska Bird Review (June 1996) 64(2).


Copyright 1996, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


A peak population of 158 whooping cranes (130 adult/subadult and 28 juvenile) was reported at the Aransas National wildlife Refuge in Texas during the winter of 1995-96. One juvenile was believed to have died between March 17 and 20, so 157 cranes began the spring migration, an increase of 24 birds over 133 in spring, 1995. By April 4, about 82 cranes had begun to migrate, and by April 25, only 9 cranes remained at Aransas. All but 2 of these had migrated by May 3. One of the two cranes migrated sometime after May 22, but the other bird was still at Aransas on June 7.