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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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VICTORIA ADVOCATE

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. […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, related news, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES

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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CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES

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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CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES

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 […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, Drought, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

VICTORIA ADVOCATE

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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VICTORIA ADVOCATE

Environmentalists fight for whoopers’ water

November 15th, 2012 | TAP In The News

The whoopers are back, but even as the famed birds settle in at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge for what promises to be a mild winter, the legal controversy surrounding them lingers. The whooping cranes have been at the center of a trial over the state’s […]

Filed in: Coastal Ecosystems, related news, TAP Progress, Whooping Cranes

Video of October 4 USFWS Public Presentation Available Online

October 21st, 2012 | TAP Updates

The Aransas Project has posted a video documenting the two-hour public presentation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the distance sampling methodology in use at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge during the last wintering season.  The presentation was held on Oct. 4, 2012 […]

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VICTORIA ADVOCATE

Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Long flight back to Aransas under way

October 21st, 2012 | Related Press

We’re well into October, and there’s more than Halloween parties and trick-or-treaters approaching the Crossroads. According to the Whooping Crane Conservation Association, the whooping cranes have begun their yearly migration back down to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge for the winter. However, the milder weather […]

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

HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Whooping crane survey plan ruffles feathers

October 12th, 2012 | Related Press

The whooping crane is North America’s tallest bird, standing 5 feet with a wingspan as wide as a pickup. There are not many left, and the last migrating flock in the wild returns each winter to the same marshy flats on the Texas coast. So […]

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