A nonprofit reported Friday that 97 whooping crane nests were counted at Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park this summer.
Rhona Kindopp, the park’s resource conservation manager, confirmed the number and said the park partnered with the Canadian Wildlife Service to count the nests May 20-24.
Whooping cranes have been considered endangered since 1967, before Congress passed the Endangered Species Act.
This flock is known as the Wood Buffalo-Aransas flock because it spends the winter at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Austwell and the surrounding area. It is the only wild flock of whooping cranes in the world.
In 2018, 87 nests were counted at Wood Buffalo.
“This is the second-highest nest count ever,” the admin of the Friends of the Wild Whoopers wrote. “The largest number of nests ever counted was 98 in 2017.”