Updates from December, 2009

TOLEDO BLADE

Bird lovers rejoice in rescue story

December 28th, 2009 | Related Press

NECEDAH, Wis. – This is a love story, though not of the usual holiday fare. While there may be some parallels to Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, this is a tale that most closely resembles the inspirational 1996 film Fly Away […]

Filed in: Whooping Cranes

Stehn Updates Crane Count to 244

December 18th, 2009 | TAP Updates

Tom Stehn, Whooping Crane Coordinator at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, released his latest  whooping crane report on Tuesday. Stehn now estimates that 244 of the cranes have been accounted for after the migration: “Since my last census flight on 12/10/09, I have received confirmed […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Whooping Cranes

ROCKPORT PILOT

Aransas Project files notice to sue TCEQ officials

December 11th, 2009 | TAP In The News

The Aransas Project (TAP)  filed a notice of intent to sue several officials of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in their official capacity for illegal harm and harassment of whooping cranes at and adjacent to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in violation of Section […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

SAN MARCOS DAILY RECORD

Whooping cranes at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.  Earl Nottingham, Texas Parks & Wildlife

Suit filed to protect rare birds gets local support

December 11th, 2009 | TAP In The News

The death last winter of nearly a tenth of the only natural flock of whooping cranes has prompted a coastal group to sue some state officials in federal court for “illegal harm and harassment” of the federally-endangered birds. The death last winter of nearly a […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

CBC NEWS

In December 2008, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officer takes an emaciated whooping crane in for emergency care. The bird did not survive.  (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Whooping crane deaths to trigger Texas lawsuit

December 11th, 2009 | TAP In The News

An environmental coalition in Rockport, Texas, has filed a notice of intent to sue officials from a state agency over the deaths of 23 whooping cranes that migrated there for winter 2008-09 from Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta. Whooping cranes are Canada’s most […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

VICTORIA ADVOCATE

Whooping crane lawsuit complex

December 11th, 2009 | TAP In The News

We understand that the decline of the endangered whooping crane population last year was a disappointing turn of events. And we think if any entity was not following the letter of the law, and that contributed to the loss of 23 cranes, then the lawsuit […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

USFWS Whooper Update December 10, 2009

December 10th, 2009 | TAP Updates

Tom Stehn, Whooping Crane Coordinator at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, released this  whooping crane report on 12/10/2009. This is the third aerial census of the 2009-10 winter season, taken from a helicopter flying above the refuge and surrounding areas. Stehn details that 238 of […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Whooping Cranes

CANADA.COM

Photo by Gordon Court, Canwest News Service

Texas agency sued over Canadian whooping crane deaths

December 10th, 2009 | TAP In The News

Canada’s most endangered species is at the centre of a U.S. legal battle after 23 whooping cranes from a Canadian national park — nearly 10 per cent of the last natural flock in existence — died of starvation last winter in Texas due to alleged […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

San Antonio Express-News File Photo

Lawsuit focuses on element missing in water debate

December 10th, 2009 | TAP In The News

In a perfect world, an expected federal lawsuit seeking to protect the endangered whooping crane would finally bring resolution to a nearly 20-year effort to better regulate Edwards Aquifer pumping rights. Downstream users, already ensured water as a result of the aquifer fight, would acquiesce […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

VICTORIA ADVOCATE

Aransas Project to sue Texas agency

December 9th, 2009 | TAP In The News

ROCKPORT – A day after filing a notice of intent to sue the state, a Houston environmental lawyer said whooping cranes died needlessly. “We’ve made a scientific determination that the mismanagement of the river by the State of Texas, particularly the Texas Commission on Environmental […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Guadalupe Basin Water Management, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes