Changes to U.S. Migratory Bird Laws Could Affect Whoopers

George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, says a new legal opinion from the United States Department of the Interior, released Dec. 22, spells danger for the Whooping Cranes.

A pair of Whoopers forage near the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on Friday. Photo: H. Ray

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  1. Babs – Seattle February 26, 2018 1:55 pm

    This is part of Trump’s efforts to eliminate all Federal Regulations that in *any* way restricts billionaire industries and their CEO’s from having any responsibility .. to anything .. but keeps insuring their growing profits. Wildlife protections are already being eliminated across the board .. along with re-classifying lands to open them to ‘development.’ Read that as mining/drilling and other forms of habitat destruction.

    My guess is out of the hundreds of elected representatives/senators in Congress, fewer than 10 even know what a Whooping Crane is, much less having ever seen one. And of the Executive Branch .. top level and all Cabinet people, that number is probably zero.

    You craniacs in the Midwest and Southern/Eastern part of the country are going to have to be the ones to push the awareness and blocking the law change. Why? Close to nobody in the West even knows the cranes exist. Several years ago, I tried to get some awareness going for OM and the cranes. It failed .. with both the Audubon group and retail stores that are wildlife oriented.

    But I will let my Congress critters know.

  2. Grandma February 26, 2018 10:23 am

    This brings tears to my eyes!
    I will contact my senator.

  3. Chris February 26, 2018 8:48 am

    Is it true that the Trump administration is planning to eliminate the Crane restoration program?

    • Tom Carlisle February 26, 2018 7:11 pm

      They closed the captive breeding program at the USGS Patuxent facility. As far as I know, that captive flock has been distributed to other captive breeding facilities. The restoration programs are going to be on tighter federal budgets. My hope is that states and private organizations will fill some of that gap. I’m not sure how ICF sees this problem.

  4. kat February 26, 2018 6:59 am

    Write or phone your Congress people, and hope that has some effect, since the article says this has to pass Congress. Not sure why that is, but…