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  • Attention! Prescribed Burn Tuesday

    Aransas NWR will be conducting a prescribed burn Tuesday, 2/8. Much of the refuge will be closed.

  • Whooping Cranes

    Whooping Cranes, On the Right Track

    Follow along as biologists track Whooping Cranes at Aransas NWR.

    Click here for Youtube video.

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    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

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    Whooping Crane Gallery

    View photos, listen to calls, or watch an educational video about the endangered birds

    View the Gallery

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    Get Outside

    Trails, overlooks, a fishing pier and 40’ observation tower offer many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the refuge.

    Visitor Activities


Tracking Whooping Cranes


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


Whooping Crane Updates

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

National Wildlife Refuge System


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  

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  • Every Kid In A Park

    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
  • Visitor Center Hours

    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.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Pier / Jeff Adams, Whooping Crane / Ryan Hagerty ©
Last Updated: Feb 08, 2016
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