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Commission study shows whooping crane migration is changing

LINCOLN, Neb. – Endangered whooping cranes are migrating earlier in spring and later in fall, according to a newly published study by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources. The study reveals that since 1942 spring migration of whooping cranes occurs as many as 22 days earlier in spring and about 21 days later in fall. “Our study confirms casual observations that the timing of whooping crane migration is changing,” said Joel …

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Public encouraged to report whooping crane sightings

LINCOLN, Neb. – The entire population of whooping cranes in the Central Flyway is expected to migrate through Nebraska over the next several weeks. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages the public to report whooping crane sightings. Information on crane sightings is used to affect whooping crane conservation and recovery efforts positively. Report any sightings to Game and Parks (402-471-0641), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (308-379-5562), or The Crane Trust’s Whooper Watch hotline (1-888-399-2824). Emails may be submitted to …

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Father Hupp WMA Reopened to Public Following Whooping Cranes’ Departure

LINCOLN – Father Hupp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Thayer County has reopened to the public following a temporary closure that was in place to protect whooping cranes using the area. Six whooping cranes present at the WMA since Nov. 13 left the area and continued their migration south on Dec. 1. Whooping cranes are an endangered species and their wild population totals only about 300 individuals. The entire population migrates through Nebraska each spring and fall between wintering sites …

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Father Hupp WMA Still Temporarily Closed to Protect Whooping Cranes

LINCOLN – Father Hupp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) remains temporarily closed because of the presence of six endangered whooping cranes. The closure will be lifted once the cranes have left the area, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Father Hupp WMA is located 2½ miles west of Bruning in Thayer County. The closure is a standard procedure for the Commission once whooping cranes are confirmed on a property owned or managed by the agency. Whooping cranes are an …

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Reminder: Father Hupp WMA Temporarily Closed to Protect Whooping Cranes

LINCOLN – Hunters are reminded that Father Hupp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is temporarily closed effective immediately due to the presence of six endangered whooping cranes. The closure will be lifted once the cranes have left the area, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Father Hupp WMA is located 2½ miles west of Bruning in Thayer County. The closure is a standard procedure for the Commission once whooping cranes are confirmed on a property owned or managed by …

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Whooping Cranes are coming: will you know one, if you see one?

The period when Whooping Cranes migrate through Nebraska is here.  Whooping Cranes migrate from breeding sites at Wood Buffalo Park, Canada, to their wintering sites at and near Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas, every fall.  In four to six weeks, hopefully the entire Aransas-Wood Buffalo flock of about 300 birds has successfully migrated to Texas.   Migrating 2,500 miles is risky business and this is a critical few weeks for these birds.   NGPC, along with our partners, rely on the …

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