Whooping crane world population (472?)
kinman2 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Dec 20 21:36:41 CST 2004
With whooper migration pretty much complete, the total population of whooping cranes appears to be approximately 472. So in spite of some disappointing losses this year, the total continues to slowly climb. I really do expect that they will reach the 500 mark next year, barring some unanticipated outbreak of disease at Aransas this winter or spring. Even with the major outbreak of avian cholera rearing its ugly head in Utah last month (will it spread south??), I really think this is unlikely to affect the whoopers, and probably would only affect younger birds in any case. Progress, slow but sure.
Numbers of Whoopers:
79--Florida non-migratory flock
48--Wisc.-Florida migratory flock
35--Intl. Crane Foundation (Wisc.)
*The Aransas flock could possibly increase by one or two stragglers by the end of December. And Tom Stehn really needs a "full" day of good weather on a census day to get an accurate count throughout the Aransas area.
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