Mexico, Arizona and
you very much for your excellent and inspiring letter. Back in
the 1970s, I attended a conservation meeting in Kino, Mexico.
Someone told the sad story of the fate of the Mexican end of the
Colorado River, the loss of the delta, and the impact on the
Sari Native Americans who depended on the resources of the
It was all
very sad and the ecological situation seemed hopeless. I am
encouraged that some restoration of inflow has been undertaken.
It was a crime against nature and humanity to block the Colorado
River from doing what it did. Perhaps the crane project you
mention can be a metaphor for continued restoration.
Ellis recently retired from the Crane Project at the Patuxent
Wildlife Research Center. It was he who pioneered the technique
for leading cranes behind a vehicle to teach them a new
migration route. Dave might have the time and the interest to
undertake a migration of Greater Sandhills from northern Nevada
to the delta of the Colorado if funding can be provided.
Dr. Curt Meine
and I hope to collaborate with our new Board member from Texas,
Lalise Mason to establish a Southwest Working Group on
Cranes to include Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico.
Perhaps the project you mention is an opportunity for
collaboration between the Northwest and the Southwest groups.
appreciate the efforts you have invested in this idea, Tom, and
I hope that something blossoms.
Dear ALF Board members,
I want to call attention to the fine work that Tom Hoffman,
one of the participants on Buddy's Colorado R. Delta Trip last
month, has done regarding possible restoration of Sandhill Crane
habitat and migration through that key delta area. I find this
memo very substantive, thorough, and of great interest because
it was a direct result of Buddy's trip, and because it was an
area dear to Aldo Leopold's heart.
I hope you will take a minute to read it. Tom Hoffman is a
Seattle resident and has been active with the Crane Foundation
Regards, Estella L
Steve Cornelius, La Ruta
for copying me on this interesting communication. I have
forwarded to Francisco Zamora, SI Delta Project Manager, and Osvel
Hinojosa, Univ. of Arizona PhD candidate working in the Delta.
They were with the CAP folks on the other side of the river last
week. I especially encourage you to have direct communication
with both as the Crane idea evolves.
My friend Glenn Lamb, who is head of the Columbia Land Trust
based in Vancouver WA, has some experience with international
land conservation efforts based on the international status of
migratory friends. I don't know whether he could be any help
here, but I'm sure he would be interested.