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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell

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Wildlife Area
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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  • 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 »
  • We had a GREAT time. But it took us 45 minutes to get there from Rockport and once we left the main road and wandered through mega-farmland, the GPS made one mistake after the other. When we reached a...  more »
  • I had been told by a serious birding friend 40 years ago that I should visit this place, and I finally had the opportunity. It was well worth the visit. Although conditions were not great for seeing m...  more »