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Updated Hours and Post-Hurricane Information

The Visitor Contact Station (across from the old Visitor Center) is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The auto tour and trails are open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. For more information, call 361/349-1181.

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.

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Whooping Cranes

Whooping Crane Survey Results

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Biologists have completed analysis of aerial surveys of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo whooping crane population done last winter. A switch in aircraft helped improve accuracy of the counts. Preliminary data analysis indicated 431 whooping cranes, including 50 juveniles, in the primary survey area (approximately 153,950 acres) centered on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Austwell, Texas. This marks the 5th year in a row that the population has increased in size, marking yet another record estimate.

Whopping Crane Survey Results: Winter 2016-2017

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Tracking Whooping Cranes

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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

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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

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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