Welcome to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
For bird-watchers the 115,000-acre Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is the premier site on the Texas coast, with more than 400 species having been documented here. Even people who don't carry binoculars and ornithological checklists can get caught up in the bird-spotting frenzy that peaks here every March and November and is great throughout the year. None are more famous, more followed or more watched than the whooping-cranes – among the rarest creatures in North America. About 250 survivors of this species spend summer in Canada and November to March in the refuge. Spotters and scientists come from all over the world to study the 5ft-tall birds.
The scenery alone is spectacular – the blue Aransas Bay waters are speckled with green islets ringed with white sand. Native dune grasses blow gently in the breeze while songbirds provide choral background music.