Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell

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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a 114,657 acre protected area situated on the southwest side of San Antonio Bay along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. state of Texas. It is located in parts of Aransas, Refugio, and Calhoun counties. The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge was established by Executive Order 7784 on 31 December 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the Aransas Migratory Waterfowl Refuge as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The name was changed in 1939.Bird life includes ducks, herons, egrets, ibises, roseate spoonbills, and the endangered whooping crane, whose population has recovered significantly since the 1940s.Other fauna include American alligators, collared peccaries, snakes, and bobcats, which inhabit the refuge's grasslands, blackjack oak thickets, freshwater ponds, and marshes.
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  • July 20, 2017
    Not for the faint at heart in July. It is very hot and humid and the mosquitoes are everywhere. With that said, if you are an outdoorsy family you will love it. Deer, alligators, javelina, cool dragon...  more »
  • May 30, 2017
    A 3 hour drive from Houston is the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. A must for the Fowler, a fun outing for everyone else. Take your own food and drinks, in the park is nothing scraps of food for sale. Also insect repellent is a ' must have ' for when you get out of the car and the various hiking trails. The whooper crane is the sign of the nature reserve, but you only see in the winter. Also outside the winter season, the park is worth a visit, there is plenty of natural beauty to enjoy.
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  • April 28, 2017
    We came in late April with our two young boys. They had a blast recording the animals they saw and earning their Junior Rangers badges. The park employees were kind & helpful! Bring cash for entrance ...  more »

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