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WHOOPING CRANE

WHOOPING CRANES

ENDANGERED BIRDS

What is the tallest bird in North America? At 5 feet tall that would be one of the rarest birds we have here in Texas. Grus Americana(Whooping Crane) is listed on the Endangered Species List on June 6th, 1970. One of the most beautiful birds I have ever seen.

Looking for small shrimps at the Aransas Refuge

Looking for small shrimps at the Aransas Refuge

FANTASTIC MATING DANCE

Take a look at this video of the mating dance of this pare of happy Whooping Cranes: http://youtu.be/XCHQ-CoqFdU Remember these Whooping Cranes are 5 feet tall. Watch the Male. He is working hard to impress his mate. These kids mate for life and normally they will live up to 24 years. If one Whooper passes on the other will accept another mate. These guys share the brooding chores as well. There is one or the other always on the nest; now that is dedication. How many humans share child care? Chicks are rust colored until about four months of age when their feathers start turning white. The chicks acquire their white color with black wing tips as they enter their first spring.

New Born trying out it's long legs

New Born trying out it’s long legs

BREEDING GROUND

Wood Buffalo National Park in northe rn Canadais the breeding grounds for the Whooping Crane. Wintering grounds for the Whooper is in Rockport on the Texas coast at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. September is the fall migration and in late March starts their long trip North back to Canada.

MIGRATION AND POPULATION

Migrating across North America in the 1800’s the Whooping Crane count was estimated to be about 1400 birds. By the late 1930’s, thanks to MAN’S over hunting and the decimation of wetlands habitat, the Aransas Whooping Crane population dwindled to a mear 18 adult birds.

These kids usually raise only one chick a year

These kids usually raise only one chick a year

Through a concerted effort to protect wetlands and the Whooping Cranes themselves the population is slowly starting to grow. In 1993 the population has grown to 112, not much but showing an increase. In 2002 an estimated 173 birds. Today a population exists in the Kissimmee Prairie of Florida, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge with the only migrating Whooping Cranes and a small captive-bred population in Wisconsin. To help out these beautiful birds please contact Wildlife Diversity Program at 1-800-792-1112×4644 or: mark.klym@tped.state.tx.us.

PROTECTION

Whooping Cranes are protected in Canada, the United States, Mexico and are one of the rarest birds in North Americana. What are the greatest threats to our Whoopers? GUESS! Man and Man Made; power lines, habitat loss and hunting. We almost made this

Loss of habitat and hunting has dessimated this species

Loss of habitat and hunting has dessimated this species

species extent in the 1930’s because the high fashion industry had to have their feathers for their womens hats and adornments, and in fine restaurants of the period. We as “supposedly intelligent” people have killed these birds down to a population of only 18 adults. Look at us. We killed the Carrier Pigon until there were none left on this earth and we have been working hard to wipe out the Whoopers. AMAZING come back so far don’t you think? In spite of all our efforts the beautiful creatures are trying to make a come back. Take a look at this link. “Why is the Whooping Crane Endangered?” http://whoopers.usgs.gov/why.htm

THE FAMOUS AMERICAN BUFFALO

Take a look at this link to The Famous American Buffalo( Bison Bison) Another beautiful animal found in North America. Read about the arrival of the American Buffalo slowly migrating south as far as Mexico and east to the Atlantic Coast, South to Florida. The most consintrated areas were on the plains from rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River and from Canada to Texas. This link (http://thebestofsausage.com/the-famous-american-buffalo) will take you to another story of one of our fantastic North American natives that have survived throughout the ages.
Take some time to read about our birds and animals and drop me a line.  If you would like more information or want to help contact USGS here:       http://whoopers.usgs.gov/why.htm         Love to hear from you.
Hope you enjoyed my blog. Best wishes………….Frank

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WILD GAME CAMERAS

Frank and Ginny at the family reunion

Frank and Ginny at the family reunion

WILD GAME CAMERAS

Bushnell, Wildgame innovations Trail Camera and the Moultrie No Glo Game Camera are all Wild Game Cameras made for the Outdoors man and nature enthusiast.

INFRARED CAMERAS

These infrared game cameras are used both day and night. The cameras are battery operated and operate on a movement sensor. Some of these take video as well as still pictures in High Deff. Great resolution with 8 and 10 pixels, with no glo flash and no sound from camera operation. Compact, light weight and camouflage makes these cameras almost invisible to wild game.

EASY TO SET UP AND MONITOR

Set this camera up just before your hog or deer hunt and monitor your game activity around your feeder before your hunt starts. Battery lasts about a year and is set up to use a photo cell to recharge the batteries. Of course—BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED—can you imagine. There are some extras you can order with your camera. At a cost of around 125 on up a man can spend just about as much as he wanted to. But hey! At a cost of 150 a guy aint spending that much for a wild game camera. Hey, pick out that trophy buck before the season starts. You will have an edge on the rest of your buddies because you have been monitoring the deer movements before the season begins. If you haven’t used one of these cameras before you ought to try one out. You would be amazed at the activity you don’t see when you aren’t there. Especially at night.

A COUPLE OF REVIEWS

BUSHNELL

Track your prey with the Bushnell digital game camera. This Bushnell game camera is loaded with features and is made to withstand extreme temperatures.

Bushnell Digital Game Camera, 2012 Trophy HD 8MP, Realtree AP Camo:–$185.25

8-megapixel resolution
Day/night auto sensor
Adjustable PIR or auto PIR
0.6-second trigger speed
Programmable trigger interval: 1 second to 60 minutes
Programmable Field Scan time-lapse mode takes images at pre-set intervals of 1 to 60 minutes
Temperature range: -5 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit
PIR sensor is motion activated to 45 feet
Bushnell HD camera operates for up to one year on a set of batteries
Adjustable web belt
SD card slot
Bushnell digital game camera model #119447C
Note: Memory card is not included. Purchase of an additional memory card is highly recommended.

The screen on the infrared flash masks the tell-tale glow nicely. Night-vision images look good. For the price, this camera is definitely a decent buy.

WILD GAME INOVATIONS–$143.55

Take your hunting trips to a new level with the 8MP Wildgame Innovations Trail Camera. The camera features a 60PC high-intensity LED along with invisible array technology, making it a superior option for outdoor use. It also has infrared flash capabilities to catch images in low-light conditions. The front of the Elite Lights-Out Digital Game Camera features a camouflage design that helps it blend into the surroundings.
Wildgame Innovations Elite Lights-Out 8MP Trail Cam:

Lee and Tiffany 8 MP trail cam
Wi-fi digital trail camera features a 60PC high intensity LED
Real tree camouflage will make it invisible to wildlife
Wi-fi Trail Camera has infrared flash capabilities

All of these cameras are priced close together. But you can shop around and pay more or a little less depending on your taste and budget. Remember. For around 150 you aren’t really spending a lot of money for a motion sensor infrared wild game camera.

All of the reviews I saw were favorable but I did see some in the 3 and 4 range. I am sure there were some objections or problems with each of these products, so I encourage you to shop around. Don’t take my word for it. Look around and pick up one in your price range and take it out and have fun with it. These seem to be quality cameras and backed by a pretty good warranty. Think of the possibilities. A guy can set one of these cameras up any where, really! Back yard to monitor the pet or maybe the kids. Lots of possibilities. Set it up and have fun with it. Enjoy your camera and let me know what you think at frank@thebestofsausage.com

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