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Texas Navigation




   ---Fredericksburg
   ---Commercial Caves
   ---State Parks
   ---Rivers and Reservoirs


   ---Aransas NWR
   ---Wh. Crane Boat Tours
   ---Port Aransas
   ---Padre Island NS
   ---Corpus Christi




Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Endangered Whooping Cranes are the largest birds in North America. Their winter nesting grounds for over fifty years have been the huge Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. While you can see Whooping Cranes from an observation tower, the best way to see Whooping Cranes is to take one of the Whooping Crane Tour Boats.

Introduction

Whooping Crane habitat is coastal wetlands. Since Whooping Cranes are large and territorial, vast amounts of coastal wetlands are required for a colony. Their primary food is small crabs.

Fire is occasionally needed to remove dead plants, especially after a drought.

Carolyn, Lucy, Phyllis, Roscoe, Harpo on a sea-life observation pier.

Whooping Crane Observation Tower

Whooping Cranes

Whooping Cranes from observation tower.

Whooping Cranes from observation tower.

Whooping Cranes from observation tower with Wharf Cat tour boat in the background. Those on the Wharf Cat Tour Boat have a better view.

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Other Birds

Spoonbills

Wild Turkey

Grebe Geese.

Vulture.

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Mammals and Reptiles

Armadillo

Deer

Deer.

While alligators are common in the refuge, we would intentionally miss the alligators, since we were traveling with small dogs on a leash, or from the alligators view, a snack on a string. We value our dogs too much to put them at risk.

See the Whooping Crane Tour Boats page for more about Whooping Cranes.

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