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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  • If you're an avid bird watcher this is a great place to visit. It is a big 20 mile detour from the main road though. And we only saw 5-6 birds. And the visitors centre was closed due to damage from Hu...  more »
  • We found this place by chance. We 're on the way to Galveston when we met someone in a park. He told us to visit this place. There is a visitor centre where you can ge a map of the area. We didn't vis...  more »
  • We stayed in Rockport. The first day we drove into Aransas National Wildlife Refuge,saw some Whooping Cranes flying and some in the park from very far away.The second day we took the boat trip from Ro...  more »

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