Hello all. After talking to Donnie K about the Whooping Crane report this morning, he and I both agree this was most probably a false report. A group of snow goose hunters set up in a green wheat field, dressed in white jump suits for camouflage, proved to be pretty convincing whooping cranes when passing by on the Highway.
Donnie felt bad and asked that I post a retraction so people from far away would not jump in their vehicles to chase.
For all that know Don, his intentions were as genuine as he is! It happens to the best of us. How many Snowy Owls have turned out to be very convincing Walmart sacks?
The whoopers will be here before we know it. Stay tuned!
Director, Ks Wetlands Education Center
Fort Hays State University
From: Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas [mailto:<KSBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of <dlknktk...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:00 AM
Subject: Whooping Cranes
Had 5 or 6 Whoopers approx. 1 mile east of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center this morning about 9:30. They were with a small group of Snow Geese in a wheat field on the south side of the road. Quite a huge contrast between the Cranes and Geese! They literally stood out like a sore thumb!! We were unable to stop due to outstanding obligations at home.,Donnie & Kathy Kazmaier Larned