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  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: May 9, 2000
    The last whooper left Aransas and two pairs are already nesting in Canada! Soon the next generation will be "pipping," even before emerging from their shells. We've got final words from Aransas, Grand Island, and Wood Buffalo, but how would YOU sum up the migration? End the season with an adventure. Ferret out one crane's unique life story from raw banding data, just like the crane biologists do!
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 25, 2000
    Whoopers are flying full speed ahead for Canada, and passing right over Nebraska. What's the rush? Why do they need to be sitting on their nests by May 15th? Check out our photos of a nest with eggs, and imagine a nest one meter across! What problems might cranes encounter when they arrive on the breeding grounds in Canada?
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 18, 2000
    Just two nesting pairs remain at Aransas. They need to leave this week to make it to the Canadian nesting grounds in time! Will it be a good flying weather? The pairs search for good nest sites upon reaching Canada; find out what they look for and where they look. How do whooping cranes learn to be parents? What must their chicks learn from them to survive?
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 11, 2000
    The whooping crane migration is underway! Never have so many cranes left Aransas in an 8-day period! Ideal weather helped, and 149 cranes are now winging their way toward the Platte. Will they hang out a while, or just pass through? Find out the weather whys for watching the skies. We've got an update on the two Florida Hatchlings too.
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: April 4, 2000
    The migration is underway! One chick's parents left without their baby. What will the young chick do now? Join in celebrating the hatching of the first whooper chicks in the US in 100 years. If they're not part of the Aransas/Wood Buffalo migratory flock, where do these baby whoopers belong?
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: March 28, 2000
    Aransas Whooping Cranes are feasting on blue crabs, getting ready to leave any day! In a sad newsbreak, a whooping crane died in March after colliding with a powerline. What risks and dangers face cranes, both on the wintering grounds and along the migration trail? Two whoopers have reached the Platte River. Wally Jobman wonders if they'll develop a relationship. We'll keep you posted!
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: March 14, 2000
    What surprising discovery has Biologist Tom Stehn made since our last Update? What's this week's crane count at Aransas? Where were the missing family groups before February 29? How long do cranes live in the wild? We've got four new challenge questions, too!
  • Whooping Crane Migration Update: February 29, 2000
    Who counts whooping cranes? The official census is in, and the world has a record 185 whooping cranes! What is the increase from last year's total? What difficult conditions did cranes face in their habitats last year? When will they begin their journey north? And what does a 3-cent stamp issued in 1953 have to do with whooping crane conservation?

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