Updates from February, 2013

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Safety Concerns Grow as Endangered Whooping Cranes Migrate Beyond Refuge

February 26th, 2013 | Related Press

Whooping cranes spend the winter season at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Austwell, TX. After one of the endangered cranes was accidentally shot and killed by a hunter on San Jose Island earlier this year, there’s concern the cranes may be moving away from […]

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AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

State, federal officials mum on killing of whooping crane

February 25th, 2013 | TAP Updates

There are only about 300 whooping cranes left in the wild, and they are protected by federal law. In other words, it is a federal crime to kill one, a violation of the Endangered Species Act, and the feds take it seriously. Just this month, […]

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CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES

New whooping crane count, method draw different responses from groups

February 21st, 2013 | Related Press

Whooping crane fans are disappointed by a flock estimate below expectations, while many continue to grumble over how the birds are counted. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service puts the number of endangered birds in the last remaining flock of wild whooping cranes at 279. […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Whooping Cranes

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Texas crane totals not increasing, but flocks now inland offer hope

February 21st, 2013 | TAP In The News

Whooping cranes in Texas are caught up in a numbers game that produced one encouraging development this year but remains inconclusive overall. The latest survey results released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that there were 257 cranes wintering on the Texas Gulf […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

VICTORIA ADVOCATE

Whooping crane flock size estimated smaller than last year

February 17th, 2013 | Related Press

After weeks of waiting, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued its first count of the whooping crane flock using a new estimation technique. The preliminary analysis estimates the flock to be made up of about 257 birds with a 95 percent confidence interval […]

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TAP Update: USFWS Releases 2012-2013 Whooping Crane Estimate

February 17th, 2013 | TAP Updates

USFWS Releases 2012-2013 Whooping Crane Estimate The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has posted their 2012-2013 Winter Whooping Crane Survey. They estimate the flock size to be 257 birds based on their new distance sampling method. This estimate does not offer an actual […]

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