Attention! Prescribed Burn Tuesday
Aransas NWR will be conducting a prescribed burn Tuesday, 2/8. Much of the refuge will be closed.
Whooping Cranes, On the Right Track
Follow along as biologists track Whooping Cranes at Aransas NWR.
Click here for Youtube video.
Whooping Crane Recovery
Today’s whooping cranes are descendants of the last 15 birds found wintering in Texas in 1941.
2013 - 2014 Report on Whooping Crane Recovery Activities
Whooping Crane Gallery
View photos, listen to calls, or watch an educational video about the endangered birds
View the Gallery
Trails, overlooks, a fishing pier and 40’ observation tower offer many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the refuge.
Researchers from multiple organizations are working together to track the population using GPS devices. The devices record 4-5 locations every 24 hours and help identify migration routes, habitat use, nesting areas and more. This great video from Texas Parks and Wildlife highlights the important work done and how it will benefit the endangered bird.Whooping Crane Tracking Study
The refuge posts Whooping Crane Updates while the cranes are on the Texas coast, their winter home. Get the most recent information on aerial surveys, habitat conditions and how the refuge is managing for the benefit of these endangered birds. While the Birds are Here
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
This initiative grants every 4th grader in the country and their family free access to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge -- and any other federal lands! Learn more about how to get this important pass at the link below. Detailed Information Here
From October 15 - April 14 each year, the Visitor Center is open every day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). The refuge auto tour and trails are open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
The Matagorda Island Unit of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is part of long chain of barrier islands that extend down the Texas coastline. This rugged landscape is host or home to many amazing wildlife species, including whooping cranes, Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, reddish egrets, alligators and coyotes.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Pier / Jeff Adams, Whooping Crane / Ryan Hagerty ©
Last Updated: Feb 08, 2016