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Texas Treasures: Whooping Crane - OU064F

 LETTERBOX: Bring your own stamp pad/marker

Hidden by  NativTxn

N 30° 36.129' W 96° 22.102' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Texas
 Cache Type: Letterbox
 Size: Small
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 24 May 2013
 Date Created: 27 May 2013
 Last Modified: 29 May 2013
 Waypoint: OU064F

 


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{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
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Quick Cache Kid Friendly Bring Your Own Pen Offset Cache Letterbox 

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The cache is NOT at the listed coordinates.  Follow the directions below.

DO NOT REMOVE STAMP!  Bring an ink pad or markers.

  • ŸStamp your personal stamp in this log, sign & date it
  • ŸDon't have a stamp? Use a marker or pen and make a thumbprint. Make a drawing out of it.
  • ŸUse the stamp in this box to stamp your personal journal so you will have a record of your visit
  • ŸRe-hide the box in the exact location you found it
  • ŸLog it online and tell us about your adventures here or AtlasQuest.com

If you do not plan to stamp in, please just sign and date last page of the log.

This stamp is hand-carved by me. Part of a series of Endangered or Threatened species in the Lone Star State.


Whooping Crane (Grus americana)

From TPWD:
Texas Status - Endangered, U.S. Status - Endangered, Listed 6/02/1970

Description - At nearly 5 feet (1.5 m) tall, whooping cranes are the tallest birds in North America. They have a wingspan of 7.5 feet (2.3 m). Whooping cranes are white with rust-colored patches on top and back of head, lack feathers on both sides of the head, yellow eyes, and long, black legs and bills. Their primary wing feathers are black but are visible only in flight.

Life History - The tallest bird in North America, the whooping crane breeds in the wetlands of Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Canada and spends the winter on the Texas coast at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Rockport. Whooping cranes begin their fall migration south to Texas in mid-September and begin the spring migration north to Canada in late March or early April. Whooping cranes migrate more than 2,400 miles a year. As many as 1,400 whooping cranes migrated across North America in the mid-1800s. By the late 1930s, the Aransas population was down to just 18 birds. Because of well-coordinated efforts to protect habitat and the birds themselves, the population is slowly increasing. In 1993, the population stood at 112. In the spring of 2002, it is estimated that there were 173 whoopers - a small, but important increase. Today, three populations exist: one in the Kissimmee Prairie of Florida, the only migratory population at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and a very small captive-bred population in Wisconsin.

Whooping cranes mate for life, but will accept a new mate if one dies. These long-lived birds cranes can live up to 24 years in the wild. The mated pair shares brooding duties; either the male or the female is always on the nest. Generally, one chick survives. It can leave the nest while quite young, but is still protected and fed by its parents. Chicks are rust-colored when they hatch; at about four months, chicks' feathers begin turning white. By the end of their first migration, they are brown and white, and as they enter their first spring, their plumage is white with black wing tips.

The hatchlings will stay with their parents throughout their first winter, and separate when the spring migration begins. The sub-adults form groups and travel together. Cranes live in family groups made up of the parents and 1 or 2 offspring. In the spring, whooping cranes perform courtship displays (loud calling, wing flapping, leaps in the air) as they get ready to migrate to their breeding grounds. Their diet consists of blue crabs, clams, frogs, minnows, rodents, small birds, and berries. Early 1999 counts showed 183 birds left the wintering grounds on the Texas coast (with smaller populations in New Mexico and Florida).

Habitat - Whooping cranes winter on the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge's 22,500 acres of salt flats and marshes. The area's coastal prairie rolls gently here and is dotted with swales and ponds. They summer and nest in poorly drained wetlands in Canada's Northwest Territories at Wood Buffalo National Park.

Distribution - Although they breed in Canada during the summer months, whooping cranes migrate to Texas' coastal plains near Rockport, in and around Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, from November through March.

How you can help - Whooping cranes migrate throughout the central portion of the state from the eastern panhandle to the DFW area and south through the Austin area to the central coast during October-November and again in April. If you sight a whooping crane during migration or away from the coast during the winter, then please contact the Wildlife Diversity Program at 1-800-792-1112 x4644 or [email protected]

Other - Whooping cranes are one of the rarest bird species in North America. Whooping cranes are protected in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Because some of their habitat is federally protected, the land is managed to preserve the animals. The greatest threats to whooping cranes are man-made: power lines, illegal hunting, and habitat loss. Because the Gulf International Waterway goes through their habitat area, the cranes are susceptible to chemical spills and other petroleum-related contamination. Public awareness and support are critical to whooping cranes' survival as a species.

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This is Aggieland, so you should expect to find Whoop-ing Cranes here. Placed on Plant a Letterbox (PAL) Day. See Atlas Quest for more info.

Directions:
Go to the Aggie Field of Honor off University at FM 2818. Enter the gate and take the first right. Drive around to the back side of the aTm monument there. Just past it, you will see a small stone border on the right side of the road. Behind the border is a double row of Wax Myrtles. Walk behind the border and walk between the rows. Look for the 3rd bush on the left (the one closest to the border). The box is attached near the base of the shrub. Not your typical plastic container.

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Virtual PointN 30° 36.190'
W 96° 22.002'
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Log Entries    {{found}} 2x {{not_found}} 0x {{comment}} 0x      New Log Entry

1 17 September 2013 phantom_309 Found it

The clue took us right to this one. It is very peacefull here this morning under cloudy skies.  Nice Container, TFTC!

1 30 May 2013 TommyGator Found it

Mrs T. and I were checking things off of today's "To Do" list, one of which was to visit a dear friend who now resides at this hallowed place.  We had just enough time to pay our respects and grab this cache before heading home for more evening activities. 

This time, I remembered to bring my letterboxing stuff and left my mark on the log.  Although I'm First To Log on OCUS, I'm not First To Find, as attested by several unique marks already present.  There must be a lot of letterbox enthusiasts in the Brazos Valley!

We just came back from Galveston and were reading about the Whooping Crane, so this one brought some extra interest for us.

Thanks for the convenient (for us) cache---Nicely done!