For the first time in over a century, endangered whooping cranes are nesting in Texas. Two pairs of the birds recently began laying eggs on private land in Jefferson and Chambers counties, east of Houston. The cranes were part of a nonmigratory population that had been introduced in Louisiana. “We are excited to see this reintroduction effort show continued signs of success, with nesting now occurring in Texas,” said Amy Lueders, the Southwest regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The USFWS recently signed an agreement with the Natural Resources Conservation Service that provides regulatory protections and conservation assistance to landowners who host whooping cranes.