Earth Day-How will you celebrate

Earth Day is being celebrated around the world today and Friends of the Wild Whoopers, (FOTWW) would like to wish everyone a happy Earth Day‬. We hope that in one way or another, you are able to celebrate this day by being outdoors doing something beneficial for the earth, such as planting a tree, restoring a wetland, or other little act to help keep our planet green. Remember, every little act helps.

What are you doing today to celebrate Earth Day and to make the earth a better place? FOTWW would love to know, so please leave a comment below and let us know what your Earth Day plans are and what you are doing to help make the earth greener.

“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. …Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television, and the chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech.” ~Aldo Leopold

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Whooping Crane Winter 2015-2016 Survey Results Released

Whooping Crane Survey Results Release

Whooping Cranes

Whooping Cranes at Aransas NWR. Photo by Kevin Sims. Click photo to view full size.

Six surveys were flown, beginning on Monday, December 7 and ending this past Thursday, December 17, 2015. Terry Liddick, pilot/biologist from our migratory birds program, served as pilot, flying a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Cessna 206. Observers were Wade Harrell and Beau Hardegree (Coastal Program Biologist, Corpus Christi FWS office). Doug Head (Refuge Inventory & Management biologist) served as ground survey coordinator and Diane Iriarte (Refuge biologist) served as data manager.

329 Wild Whooping Cranes Estimated on the mid-Texas coast on and around Aransas NWR.

Whooping Cranes

Whooping Cranes at Aransas NWR. Photo by Kevin Sims. Click photo to view full size.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed aerial surveys of the primary survey area centered on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to estimate the abundance of Whooping Cranes in the Aransas-Wood Buffalo population. Compared to the 308 wild Whooping Cranes estimated in the Winter 2014-2015 this year’s estimate shows that the only natural wild population of whooping cranes has approximately 329 whooping cranes within the primary survey area and nine whooping cranes were observed outside the primary survey area.

Preliminary Analyses

Whooping Cranes

Whooping Cranes at Aransas NWR. Photo by Kevin Sims. Click photo to view full size.

Preliminary analyses of the survey data indicated 329 whooping cranes (95% CI =
293–371; CV = 0.073) inhabited the primary survey area (Figure 1). This estimate included 38 juveniles (95% CI = 33–43; CV = 0.078) and 122 adult pairs (95% CI = 108–137; CV = 0.071). Recruitment of juveniles into the winter flock was 13 chicks (95% CI = 12–14; CV = 0.036) per 100 adults, which is comparable to long-term average recruitment..  click on the link to see full report: Whooping Crane Winter Survey Results.

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