Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management issues in the most protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, water, wildlife and special places must be a collaborative effort between the Refuge System, private landowners and organizations, and other government agencies if conservation efforts are to succeed.
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge works with the following partners. They play a very important role in helping the refuge accomplish its wildlife management and conservation mission:Friends of Aransas & Matagorda Island National Wildlife RefugeTexas Parks and Wildlife DepartmentGulf of Mexico FoundationCoastal Bend Bays and EstuariesSan Antonio Bay FoundationNational Estuarine Research Reserve – Mission AransasThe Nature ConservancyInternational Crane Foundation Texas General Land Office
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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.