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VICTORIA ADVOCATE

Editorial: One survey of whoopers isn’t look at complete picture

January 9th, 2014 | Related Press

The whooping cranes have been in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge since November. The endangered birds will spend the winter and early spring months here before flying back to Canada in April. The Aransas flock is the last remaining natural migratory flock, and we are […]

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THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

Texas Rivers Tested By Drought, Population Growth

June 14th, 2013 | Related Press

As the Neches River flows south toward a string of oil refineries and manufacturing plants in Southeast Texas, it winds through an area so ecologically diverse that the National Park Service runs a preserve called Big Thicket along its banks. Despite recent spring rains, years […]

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KRIS-TV

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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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. […]

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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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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 […]

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HOUSTON CHRONICLE

State asks judge to reopen whooping crane case

October 21st, 2012 | TAP In The News

Texas officials have asked a federal judge in Corpus Christi to reopen a case into the deaths of critically endangered whooping cranes, citing a new report that raises concerns about how the flock was counted. U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack indicated during a teleconference […]

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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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