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    Wild Adventures

    Enjoy many fun adventures, including nature hikes, kayaking, hunting, fishing and much more!

    Fun things to do

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    Urban Partnerships in South TX

    Learn about what we're doing to reach people in our local communities.

    South Texas Refuge Complex

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    Watch the BirdCam

    Live stream the backyard bird cam and watch the feeding station at the visitor center.


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    Self Portraits

    Trip cameras set up a various locations within the refuge help biologists learn more about the needs of wildlife, including ocelots.

    Photogenic wild cats!

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    Finding Refuge...

    In a region of Texas some call the last great habitat, thorn forest intermingles with wetlands, coastal prairies, mudflats & beaches.

    Wildlife & Habitat


Every Kid In A Park

This initiative grants every 4th grader in the country and their family free access to the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge -- and other federal lands! Learn more about how to get this important pass at the link below.

Detailed Information Here


Reporting an Ocelot Sighting

We need your help! If you see an ocelot, please be sure to immediately report it. Information gathered on these wild cats is extremely important and helps biologists learn more about where they live, the habitat they are using, their genetic makeup and much more. All of this information is used to make sure ocelots will always be part of the American landscape. If you see an ocelot, dead or alive, please report it.

What To Do

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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  • Bayside Drive closed to vehicles

    Bayside Drive is currently closed to private vehicles. It is open for walking, biking and guided tours. Construction has been delayed indefinitely. Please contact the Visitor Center for more information.

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  • New Ocelot Den Discovered


    Biologists tracked one female ocelot's movements through GPS technology and discovered the first confirmed ocelot den at the refuge in nearly twenty years. At the den site, researchers rejoiced to find a male ocelot kitten, weighing just shy of a pound, estimated to be three weeks old.

    More about the discovery
  • For the birds

    Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a designated Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) site, along with Rancho Rincón de Anacahuitas in Mexico. The two sites make up the first bi-national sites within the WHSRN that, together, host at least 100,000 shorebirds annually. WHSRN’s mission is to conserve shorebirds and their habitats through a network of key sites across the Americas. Protecting birds as they migrate across international borders is a conservation priority that requires coordinated efforts among countries.

    Wildlife and Habitat
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 06, 2017
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