Updates from December, 2011

TAP Trial to Provide Water to Whooping Cranes, Bays Concludes

December 16th, 2011 | TAP Updates

After a two-week trial in federal district court in Corpus Christi, the trial concluded yesterday afternoon in The Aransas Project’s lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act to ensure adequate freshwater inflows to San Antonio Bay to protect the endangered whooping cranes that winter at Aransas […]

Filed in: TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Dead whooping crane found at Aransas Refuge

December 16th, 2011 | Related Press

Biologist notes bad conditions for the endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported the death of the first whooping crane this season at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on Monday. The body of the endangered bird was found after scientists noted that the radio transmitter […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Expert thinks more cranes died in 2009

December 6th, 2011 | TAP In The News

CORPUS CHRISTI — The biologist whose intimate knowledge of the endangered whooping crane has made him almost a father figure to the flock testified Tuesday that the number of birds that died in the hard winter of 2008-09 was probably higher than the 23 he […]

Filed in: TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Judge wants expert on whooping cranes called to the stand

December 6th, 2011 | TAP In The News

CORPUS CHRISTI — The federal judge presiding over a lawsuit about whooping cranes, specifically how to protect the endangered flock that winters near here, insisted Monday that crane expert and retired federal employee Tom Stehn be called to testify. Usually, the federal government does not allow […]

Filed in: TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES

Corpus Christi court case centered on whooping cranes, water underway

December 6th, 2011 | TAP In The News

Lawsuit claims Texas Commission on Environmental Quality violated Endangered Species Act CORPUS CHRISTI — A federal trial that could have profound effects on Texas’ management of surface water used for drinking, agriculture and industry started Monday morning in Corpus Christi, and one rare bird — […]

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

CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES

Aransas Project lawsuit blaming state for whooping crane die-off goes to trial Monday

December 6th, 2011 | TAP In The News

CORPUS CHRISTI — The state’s river water management is being challenged by an Aransas County group that claims the state is partially to blame for a 2009 whooping crane die off. The Aransas Project, a nonprofit group that advocates responsible water management for the Guadalupe […]

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

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Whooping cranes spark a water war: Federal lawsuit is filed that could have an impact all the way to San Antonio.

December 4th, 2011 | TAP In The News

FULTON — The whooping crane, the majestic bird slowly making its way back from the brink of extinction, is returning to the Texas coast in record numbers, with as many as 300 expected. This could be a hard winter for the endangered species, however, because a […]

Filed in: TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

KUT NEWS

Lawsuit Seeks Water Priority for Cranes

December 2nd, 2011 | TAP In The News

A wild flock of 300 whooping cranes flies from Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada to the Aransas marshes of the Texas Gulf Coast each year. The flock is expected to arrive in Texas sometime in December. The endangered birds are at the center of […]

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