Updates from January, 2013


New whooping crane coordinator changes to controversial counting method

January 28th, 2013 | TAP In The News

AUSTWELL – Wade Harrell still remembers the moment he walked up to the deck at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and got his first look at whooping cranes as a kid. It was dazzling, seeing the snowy white birds winging through the marsh, he said. […]

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Funding to reopen Cedar Bayou halfway to $7M goal

January 28th, 2013 | Related Press

CORPUS CHRISTI — The effort to reopen Cedar Bayou received another funding boost this past week. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced a $200,000 grant for the long awaited dredging project. This puts the total collected or pledged so far at $3.425 million for a […]

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Sandhill cranes may help solve puzzle of dwindling whooping crane population

January 28th, 2013 | Related Press

BLESSING — They could have been a mile away, but they weren’t. The powerful and distinctive call of sandhill cranes resembles the prolonged coo of a dove funneled through the rotating blades of a fan. And during flight, males and females alike announce their arrival […]

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Most of the South Texas whooping crane flock has arrived

January 15th, 2013 | TAP Updates

CORPUS CHRISTI — Most of the whooping cranes expected to spend winter near Rockport have arrived, but it’s too early to say how many survived the summer and migration from Canada. At least 98 percent of the world’s only wild migratory flock of the endangered […]

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Whooping crane flock size estimate to be released soon

January 14th, 2013 | TAP Updates

The whooping cranes are continuing their winter break on the Texas coast. This flock, the last known naturally migrating flock of whooping cranes, is estimated to number more than 300 birds, according to the Whooping Crane Conservation Association. Generations of the flock have been migrating […]

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