Extension Special Series No. 27C
The whooping crane's year begins at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the coast of Texas, a hazardous 2,600 miles away from the Canadian nesting grounds It is near the end of March and time to go. Newspapers announce their departure date and television crews, birdwatchers, and professional biologists will watch over their northward migration. Counting captive, zoo, and experimental birds, there are barely over a hundred whooping cranes alive; the Aransas birds are the largest group, and they pass through the central plains states into the prairies of Canada. But first the birds must survive the unsettled spring weather of the South tornadoes. violent squalls, fog, and rain. Then in the northern plains and Canada they fly into the last days of winter, and are tossed through frigid
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Anderson, Maurice and Service, Cooperative Extension, "Whooping Cranes" (1979). SDSU Extension Special Series. 117.