Updates from April, 2011


Whooping Crane Migration Update

April 26th, 2011 | Related Press

The most recent aerial whooping crane census done at Aransas on April 13th located only 10 cranes.  Two cranes were still present at Aransas on April 17, but those birds were not relocated on a subsequent check.  However, they could conceivably still be present.  Based […]

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What Price Do We Put on an Endangered Bird?

April 26th, 2011 | Related Press

Last year during the Gulf oil spill, as I watched reports about dead birds and talked with scientists about what might happen to the local ecosystems, I wondered how we might punish the perpetrators of such an ecological crime. BP will eventually pay some fine, […]

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The eighth aerial census of the 2010-11 whooping crane season

April 14th, 2011 | Related Press

The eighth aerial census of the 2010-11 whooping crane season was conducted April 13, 2011 in a Cessna 210 piloted by Gary Ritchey of Air Transit Solutions, Castroville, Texas with USFWS observers Brad Strobel, Matt Butler, and Bill Ostrand.  Search conditions were good, and all […]

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Aransas Project’s TCEQ suit could be heard this November

April 8th, 2011 | Related Press

Supporters of The Aransas Project (TAP) and public officials received an update regarding TAP’s lawsuit against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Monday, April 4. The lawsuit, which stems from the deaths of an inordinate number of endangered whooping cranes during the extensive drought […]

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