Updates from August, 2009


Drought Conditions Affect Wildlife Refuge

August 27th, 2009 | Related Press

August 20, 2009 Park officials are moving heaven and earth to try and get freshwater to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.  Whooping Cranes and many other animals call this place home and right now it’s a desert. The freshwater ponds have all dried up and […]

Filed in: Whooping Cranes


Death Rate Spikes Among Whooping Cranes

August 26th, 2009 | Related Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The world’s only naturally migrating whooping cranes, and the species’ best chance for survival, died at about twice their normal rate last year and will likely see an overall drop in their numbers, a worrying sign for the once near-extinct bird […]

Filed in: Whooping Cranes


Cattle, Crop Losses Mount in Texas Drought

August 21st, 2009 | Related Press

DALLAS, Aug 20 (Reuters) – A vast swathe of Texas remains in the grip of a scorching drought, which has cost billions of dollars and is cleaving America’s largest beef cattle herd. One county has seen its entire cotton harvest wiped out and losses for […]

Filed in: Guadalupe Basin Water Management


Fishing Suffers From Saltier Seas

August 4th, 2009 | Related Press

CORPUS CHRISTI — The most visible effect of the drought on Coastal Bend bays has been the southward migration of fishing guides and other anglers from Rockport and Aransas Pass. The early morning ferries at Port Aransas have been crowded with bay boats, guides and […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems


Water Supply Comes Down to Money

August 1st, 2009 | Related Press

CORPUS CHRISTI — The Coastal Bend’s population is projected to rise to roughly 885,000 in 2060. That’s an increase of 344,000. It’s also a lot of thirsty mouths and a lot of lawns to water. How the Coastal Bend gets its water in the future […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems