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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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  • This is such a great place. Lots of short hikes to piers and walkways that offer views of wildlife. We saw a large variety of birds and got great pictures of them and some huge alligators. Inexpensive...  more »
  • I only a had a relatively short time in the refuge because of time constraints. I did enjoy my time there though. I found the staff at the visitors center very well informed. When I go back, I will ma...  more »
  • Lots of easy hiking trails and pull over spots for wildlife viewing. The whooping cranes migrate here in the winter - November thru March- and can usually be seen way out in the marsh. Great birding. ...  more »
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  • I use to visit here a lot when I lived in Victoria because it is truly an interesting place to visit. Wildlife galore and it is the winter home for the whooping cranes. Thousands of white tail deer are shipped out of this refuge every year to other parts of Texas. You can observe alligators, javelina, all types of birds (pelicans, storks, etc). It's a great place to just take it easy, enjoy nature, and rest and relax.
  • Wildlife and views here are unsurpassed. Rangers are super informative and helpful. You have to hike up the observation tower...
  • A lot of closed too the public area's. Lot's of wildlife, great place to visit..
  • Fishing was a little slow, but only because all the fresh water. Gorgeous as always though.
  • Nice place to visit.