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Laguna Atascosa
National Wildlife Refuge

22817 Ocelot Road
Los Fresnos, TX   78566
E-mail: Marion_Mason@fws.gov
Phone Number: 956-748-3607
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Aplomado Falcons and black-tailed jackrabbits prefer the coastal prairie habitat found on the Refuge. Wetlands interspersed among the other habitat types support American alligator and Black-bellied Whistling Duck populations. The more estuarine areas are where wading birds and shorebirds commonly occur.

The Refuge has coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Laguna Madre, one of three hypersaline lagoons in the world. Beach, dune, and mudflats dominate the South Padre Island Unit. Here, Peregrine Falcons, Piping Plovers, and Brown Pelicans can be found on barrier island habitats. While Kemp’s ridley, green, and loggerhead sea turtles cruise the waves. Along the Laguna Madre, large concentrations of ducks forage on the sea grasses that grow in this shallow hypersaline lagoon.

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