Dr. Ron Outen, Regional Director of TAP lives in Rockport, TX and explains that the ecosystems that support the cranes, fishing, and tourism represent a vital economic interest to these coastal communities.
"Ultimately, the argument to protect the whooping cranes goes beyond the desire to save an iconic endangered species-it is about saving a way of life.
The cranes provide us with an early warning system of the overall health of these coastal ecosystems.
continues, "But we should remember that the whooping crane is the most recognizable endangered species in the world.
Mismanagement of water in the GuadalupeRiver Basin is destroying the winter habitat of these magnificent birds - and killing them."
VIDEO/AUDIO OPPORTUNITIES: Interviews with The Aransas Project (TAP) Attorney Jim Blackburn and TAP Regional Director Ron Outen; B-roll of coastal estuaries, bays and whooping cranes; high-resolution images; video assets include interviews with area business owners and residents; phone and in-person interviews available upon request.