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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.

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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

    The Visitor Center is open Thursday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, as well as 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: Sep 28, 2015
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