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Oct. 11, 2004

Whooping Crane Numbers May Pass Milestone

AUSTIN, Texas — Wildlife biologists are eagerly watching the skies in Texas this fall, wondering if this will be the year when Texas’ whooping cranes will finally pass the 200-bird mark. Canadian biologists report that the flock left their nesting grounds last month with a record 41 chicks. If mortality is low on the 2,400-mile migration route, not only will the flock that winters on the Texas coast near Rockport set a new population record since counts began in 1938, it will also write a new chapter in the comeback story of an endangered species that once numbered only 21 birds in the world.

Robert L. Cook To Be Named Outstanding Texas A&M Alumnus

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Executive Director, Robert L. Cook, will be named a 2004 Outstanding Alumnus of the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on Oct. 22.

Stay Tuned, Oct. 11, 2004

Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand.

World Birding Center HQ Grand Opening Set for Oct. 23-24

MISSION, Texas – The World Birding Center Headquarters at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park will host a free grand opening celebration this month to mark the progress of plans begun in 1997 to restore wildlife habitat and promote birding and nature tourism.

Oct. 8, 2004

Late, Sparse Butterfly Migration Puzzles Scientists

AUSTIN, Texas — Every year, all of the monarch butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains, millions of them, migrate south through Texas to winter in the same region in the mountains of Central Mexico. This year, scientists are seeing something unusual, and they’re asking citizens to help them understand it by reporting monarch sightings.

Oct. 4, 2004

Wildlife Management Areas Offer Prime Quail Hunting

AUSTIN, Texas — If access to a good place to hunt is the only thing keeping you from experiencing what wildlife biologists suggest will be the best quail hunting season in years, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has some excellent opportunities for hunters.

’Splash’ Lives Up To Name

ATHENS, Texas — When Cody Mullennix pulled the new world record blue catfish from Lake Texoma in January 2004, she threshed around in the water so much he dubbed her "Splash."

Historic Fulton Mansion Closing for Interior Painting

FULTON, Texas — Fulton Mansion State Historic Site will be closed to the public from Oct. 4 through Nov. 2 so the first floor can receive a fresh coat of paint just in time for the holidays.

TPWD Game Warden Field Notes, Oct. 4, 2004

The following are excerpts from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

TPWD Calendar

The following meetings may be of interest to the public. Check the master calendar for all TPWD events.