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"By their own analysis, USFWS ...
"By their own analysis, USFWS offers a 95 percent probability that the actually flock size is somewhere between 178 to 362 birds," said Ron Outen, regional director of The Aransas Project.
"With this methodology, they can't say there are more birds or less birds than last year," Outen
Aransas Updates « Whooping Crane Current Reports
The shortsightedness urged by the Advocate and Mr. Fowler stands in stark contrast to the letter to the editor that ran the same day by Dr. Ron Outen, Regional Director of The Aransas Project (see below).
In his letter, Dr. Outen urged Victoria and its mayor, Will Armstrong, to make these important water decisions based on sound science and proper resource management.
explains that, TAP's position is that the river should be managed top to bottom for the benefit of all of Texas, including coastal communities.?
Read These Editorials and Comment on the Advocate Website (www.victoriaadvocate.com).
TAP's Dr. Ron Outen, Letter to Editor (letter cut and pasted below)
Dr. Ron Outen
Dr. Ron Outen, Regional ...
Dr. Ron Outen, Regional Director of TAP who lives in Rockport, Texas explains, "In Aransas County, our economies depend on freshwater for survival.
Endangered Whooping Cranes
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.
Dr. Outen 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.
Aransas Updates « Whooping Crane Conservation Association
by Ron Outen, Regional Director, The Aransas Project
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, THE ARANSAS PROJECT