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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

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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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    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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    Birds, Birds, Birds!

    Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge has more documented species of birds than any other national wildlife refuge in the United States.


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.

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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 Discovered

    After discovering a female ocelot kitten in March (2014), refuge biologists discovered another new young ocelot a few months later -- a male. He was trapped on the refuge and his coat pattern did not match that of any previously known ocelots from the refuge’s collection of trip camera photos. He is estimated to be 12-14 months old and appears healthy. The current number of known ocelots on the refuge is 12, including 5 females and 7 males. The current estimated number of ocelots in Texas remains less than 50.

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  • 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: Jun 02, 2016
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