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Whooping Cranes

 

This was the reason for me heading down to the Texas Gulf Coast in December 1970 - to the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, which was the over-wintering location of the Whooping Crane, America's tallest bird and an endangered species.  In fact, in 1970, there were only about 50 of them left, but conservation methods have now got the total population to just over 400.

 

 

Whooping Cranes

 

This was the reason for me heading down to the Texas Gulf Coast in December 1970 - to the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, which was the over-wintering location of the Whooping Crane, America's tallest bird and an endangered species.  In fact, in 1970, there were only about 50 of them left, but conservation methods have now got the total population to just over 400.

 

 

comments (8)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Jan 2016, 02:29
Even 300 seems precarious, Tom.
Tom Wilson: It seems I was a little out of date - there are now just over 400 - in 1941 they were down to only 21, so it's been a major success story.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Jan 2016, 06:53
Lovely things: and what sounds to be a good news story Tom
Tom Wilson: It is indeed, Chris - in 1941 they were down to only 21
Nice to see that conservation methods did work Tom!
Tom Wilson: Indeed, Richard - when we do the work, we get the results!
I have never seen one myself.
Tom Wilson: No, PEI is far east of their breeding area in Alberta - you'd need to make the trip, Mary smile
It is good to hear of a conservation success story although 300 is hardly a lot
Tom Wilson: Turns out my source was a bit out of date - it's now up to 407
Seems a good reason for going down there Tom.
Tom Wilson: It was a little odd to be celebrating Christmas in a motel, with all the decorations, plus Santa Clause, with temperature about 70 F outside smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Jan 2016, 17:45
Good to hear that the conservation programs was a success. Sounds a bit similar to our red kite programme.
Tom Wilson: Yes, same idea - something really needed to be done!
I'm so glad you captured this, Tom! They are amazing birds!

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