Sunday May 19, 2013 marked the end of three full weeks for the Whooping Cranes at Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett, Texas. The cranes were engaged in their usual activity of foraging in the short vegetation on the east shore of the lake. The pair is very dedicated to one another, and they always stay close together. On this visit the cranes restricted their foraging to a relatively small area.
I have been asked to remind everyone that in Texas the legal guidelines stipulate that a 2000 foot (610 meters) distance be maintained between the cranes and observers. There are a couple of very nice viewing areas in Wynn Joyce Park on the west side of the lake that allow viewers to honor these guidlines. Binoculars or spotting scopes will be necessary. These spots are accessible by foot after parking in nearby neighborhoods. No closer approach should be attempted. Right now the cranes are in a very secure position. They are protected to the east by Rowlett Creek and from the west by Lake Lavon. Flushing or disturbing the cranes in any way should be avoided.
Last week’s rains refilled this part of the lake to a large degree. This adds to the security of the cranes but it will not last long once the summer heat sets in.