Aransas National Wildlife Refuge


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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Address:PO Box 100
Austwell, TX 77950

Phone:361-286-3559
Fax:361-286-3722
Web: www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/aransas.html
Established: 1937.
Location:Northeast of Corpus Christi.
Facilities:Visitor center, observation tower, hiking trails, auto tour route (16 miles), picnic area with bathroom, boardwalk, photography blind.
Activities:Fishing, hiking, hunting, biking, canoeing, kayaking, educational programs.
Special Features:More than 392 species of birds have been seen in Aransas NWR, which is home to the largest wild flock of whooping cranes each winter.
Habitats: More than115,000 acres of low-lying coastal land and barrier island, covered with grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands.
Access: Open sunrise to sunset.
Wild life: Whooping cranes and other migratory birds, butterflies, American alligator, armadillo, shrews, bats, wild boar, white-tailed deer.

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I know that Aransas National Wildlife Refuge did have some saltwater intrusion and shoreline erosion, but that's not unusual during a hurricane event," says Fikes.
Festival attendees will have the opportunity to take guided boat tours to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to view the world's last naturally-occurring population of Whooping Cranes on their wintering grounds.
Only 50 of the famed birds existed then--43 wintered at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and seven were held in captivity.
Located 75 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, it skirts the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and could serve as prime habitat for endangered whooping cranes that have been the subject of a controversial water policy lawsuit.
One flight corridor for whooping cranes runs from western Canada to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.
We thank Chad Stinson of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge complex for helpful information about the distribution of gray fox in coastal Texas.
The recovery strategy includes protecting the bird's breeding, wintering, and migration habitat; protecting and facilitating the growth of the current wild population that migrates from Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas coast; establishing two additional self-sustaining populations of whooping cranes in the wild; and maintaining a genetically healthy captive population.
The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, located on the confluence of these two rivers at San Antonio Bay, lies on the central neotropical migration path for hundreds of species of birds, including the world's largest existing flock of endangered whooping cranes.
Whoopers now spend the winter in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.
What Kent did was extremely dangerous," says biologist Tom Stehn of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas coast, who watched the flight with the ground crew.
Now there's good news from the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.
In 1937, the United States set aside Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas to protect the cranes, wintering grounds.