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  • larry arnold
    an interesting thread on TEXBIRDS in case anyone has interest... ... From: Birding discussion list for Texas [mailto:TEXBIRDS@LISTSERV.UH.EDU] On Behalf Of
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 6, 2007
       
      an interesting thread on TEXBIRDS in case anyone has interest...
       

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Birding discussion list for Texas
      [mailto:TEXBIRDS@...] On Behalf Of Kevin Morgan
      Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 10:50 AM
      To: TEXBIRDS@...
      Subject: Re: [TEXBIRDS] Bluebirds, Cranes, and stuff

      ---> Texbird help file http://www.texbirds.org <---

      Tony, Texbirds, et al:

      Tony commented that becaues the Aransas Whooping Crane flock has been
      considered vulnerable to a catastrophic event, there have been attempts
      made
      to establish secondary populations to lessen the chances of an
      extinction
      event. Oddly enough, Louisiana was considered and passed over for the
      flock
      that was established for Florida in 2001, in part because of fears that
      a
      major storm would have been more likely to hit the proposed Louisiana
      site.
      Had those birds been placed in southwest Louisiana, they might have
      survived
      this storm, but depending on their arrival time, might have been wiped
      out a
      year and a half ago in Hurricane Rita. It's basically a crapshoot,
      despite
      all efforts to quantify risks, as we just don't know if, and where, such
      a
      storm will hit.

      This past week, just as these events were unfolding, officials were
      discussing re-establishing another small population of Whoopers in
      southwestern Louisiana. That may or may not come to fruition now but I
      hope
      that efforts to "spread the risk" continue. I'm exceedingly glad the
      Aransas
      birds have come through unscathed, and to a large degree that's due to
      extreme diligence in protecting their winter grounds there, but as I'm
      sure
      you would agree, it's still possible for a major weather event to
      destroy
      that flock.

      Kevin Morgan




      >
      -----Original Message-----
      > From: Birding discussion list for Texas
      > [mailto:TEXBIRDS@...] On Behalf Of tony gallucci
      >
      Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 9:45 AM
      > To:
      title=mailto:TEXBIRDS@... href="mailto:TEXBIRDS@...">TEXBIRDS@...
      >
      Subject: [TEXBIRDS] Bluebirds, Cranes, and stuff
      >
      > --->
      Texbird help file http://www.texbirds.org <---
      >

      > The storm-killed Whooping Cranes in Florida were
      interesting
      > from the standpoint of the original philosophy of
      developing
      > the flock. Some TexBirders may not know that after
      population
      > crashes in the mid to late nineteenth century, there
      remained
      > only two wild flocks of Whooping Cranes
      > -- besides
      Aransas, there was a resident flock in Louisiana
      > that did not migrate.
      That flock was nearly wiped out by a
      > tropical storm in 1940 (after
      which the world's total
      > population [Aransas + Louisiana] reached its
      all-time low of
      > 16 birds). The LA birds dwindled to nothing by 1950.
      Since
      > that time the Texas/Canada flock has always been considered
      > vulnerable to a catastrophic event. Thus you get the attempts
      >
      in New Mexico (1975-1989) and Florida (two attempts: since
      > 1993, and
      since 2001) to establish secondary wild flocks to
      > lessen the chances
      that weather would cause an extinction
      > event. Interesting that only the
      Aransas flock has come
      > through the experiments unscathed.
      >
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      >
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      > recently. I
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      > next few days.
      >
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