Appellate court ruling: State not responsible for whooping crane deaths

Victoria Advocate

Dec. 16, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.

By Sara Sneath 

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that it will not reconsider the finding that the state environmental agency is not at fault for the death of 23 whooping cranes.

But a dissenting opinion argues that the 5th Circuit judges should not have reconsidered the facts of the case – only the procedure. The dissent lays out a blueprint for how environmentalists might get their case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, said Jim Blackburn, who represents the group that filed suit against four Texas Commission on Environmental Quality officials.

“If uncorrected by this Court en banc or the Supreme Court, this decision, and others like it, sends a clear message to litigants: If you don’t like the factual findings of a district court, the doors of our Court are wide open to endless retrials on appeal,” wrote Circuit Judge Edward Prado in his dissent.

The environmental group has 90 days from the issuance of the majority opinion to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Blackburn said he would spend the allotted time polishing up the appeal.

The Supreme Court receives about 10,000 requests to hear cases every year, and only about 80 of those requests are granted.

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Whooping Crane and Sandhill Crane Education Info

One of the goals of Friends of the Wild Whoopers is to educate interested persons about whooping cranes and their needs. Well, we cannot do the job alone and we constantly look for assistance. Fortunately there are other conservation groups that have similar education goals and do a great job. Two of these are Kentucky Coalition for Sandhill Cranes and The Tennessee Ornithological Society. Together they publish the “Eastern Crane Bulletin”.

Whooping cranes and Sandhill cranes often use habitat on private lands in the general area of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

Whooping cranes and Sandhill cranes often use habitat on private lands in the general area of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

For those interested in keeping up with Sandhill and Whooping Cranes we highly recommend that you add the Eastern Crane Bulletin to your email list. Mary W. Yandel, Kentucky Coalition for Sandhill Cranes and Cynthia Routledge, The Tennessee Ornithological Society perform an excellent service by collecting news about cranes from numerous sources and placing it in the Bulletin.

The Eastern Crane Bulletin is distributed to those interested in cranes in general, and specifically, the Eastern Populations of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes, as well as the continuing work for the protection of these birds and their habitats.

The following link will take you to the most recent issue of the Bulletin:    https://kyc4sandhillcranes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/the-eastern-crane-bulletin-e28093-december-2014.pdf

If you have any friends or co-workers who would like to receive this quarterly E-bulletin please have them contact:

Mary W. Yandell
Kentucky Coalition for Sandhill Cranes
kyc4sandhillcranes.com
kycoalition4sandhillcranes@gmail.com
mtwyandell@gmail.com

Or

Cynthia Routledge
The Tennessee Ornithological Society
www.tnbirds.org
routledges@bellsouth.net

For archived issues of the Eastern Crane Bulletin click here: http://kyc4sandhillcranes.com/eastern-crane-bulletin/

***** FOTWW’s mission is to help preserve and protect the Aransas/Wood Buffalo
population of wild whooping cranes and their habitat. *****
Friends of the Wild Whoopers is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

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