The Bronte Club met on Nov. 4 via Zoom. President Iris Rodgers called the meeting to order at 3 p.m.

The Collect and pledges to the American and Texas flag were recited. Anna Lou Nix read the minutes from the Oct. 21 meeting.

Cheryl Guthrie introduced Wade Harrell, Whooping Crane Recovery coordinator of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Harrell, a fifth generation Texan, spoke on the recovery of the whooping crane population starting in the 1940s when the whooping cranes were almost extinct, due to the hunting of the birds for their feathers and eggs, until the present time when there are over 500 wintering birds in Aransas Pass today.

The whooping cranes migrate 2,500 miles between the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and the Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada, where it was not even known they were in residence until the 1950s. The whooping cranes mate for life and hatch one or two chicks every other year. As a positive support for the whoopers, hunting and non-hunting citizens are encouraged to buy $25 migratory bird and hunting conservation stamps to assist in the recovery and habitat for the big birds.

Treasurer LaJuana Roth gave the treasurers report. Mary Jane Shurtz gave the federation counselor’s report and the MD Anderson collection report.

Rodgers thanked Harrell for his informative talk and announced the next meeting would be at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 via Zoom, which will include a virtual Christmas tour video by Nina Di Leo.

The meeting was adjourned at 4 p.m.

Elena Anita Watts covers arts, culture and entertainment for the Victoria Advocate. 

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