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  • Sunday, September 04, 2022 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come an visit the Nature Store in the new Visitor Center, open on the weekends (Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm). The store is not yet fully furnished - we are waiting for some great new display furniture, but we are ready for refuge visitors who would like to stop by and shop, or just visit with us and share your experiences of this wonderful refuge! 

  • Saturday, August 13, 2022 4:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This will be the first year since 2019 that the refuge will be hosting an annual Refuge Celebration Day on October 15. Come out an enjoy the day, with events planned from 10:00AM to 3:00PM, so watch out for more information.

    The planned events include a “Walk for the Wild” on-site and a virtual 5K.  These are part of an initiative by the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) and the Public Lands Alliance (PLA) who are partnering to invite new generations of Americans and their diverse communities to thrive in the best places for wildlife, conservation, recreation and nearby nature: national wildlife refuges (link for more information).

  • Thursday, January 20, 2022 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To all Friends of Aransas and Matagorda Island NWR (FAMI)

    Here we are at the start of a promising new year.

    Although still limited in some activities, the Refuge is doing well and open for exploration with much to come in 2022.

    Learn about the current state of the Refuge, the new Visitor Center, other new buildings, and volunteer opportunities at the Friends Annual Meeting, Saturday, January 22 at 10:00 (conducted virtually).

    The Refuge staff will present a full update presentation.

    We will also share plans for the Friends group in support of the Refuge and will elect board members.

    Not to be missed. So please join us next Saturday, January 22, at 10:00 a.m. 

    Liz Branch, President


    Time: Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

    RSVP if you plan to attend

    Join Zoom meeting

  • Sunday, December 19, 2021 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The new Visitor Center building is looking complete - on the outside - and the road has been re-routed to take all traffic to the parking area.  While it is  not yet open to the public, but come by and admire this bold and beautiful building the next time you visit the refuge.  This picture shows the patio overlooking the Alligator Viewing area.

  • Tuesday, March 09, 2021 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Look through the gallery of photos showing the building of the new Visitor Center Our New Building

  • Sunday, January 10, 2021 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The annual meeting will be a virtual meeting (by Zoom), see the Events page for details Events  

  • Sunday, August 30, 2020 2:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The exciting news of the summer of 2020 is that groundwork has started for the new Visitor Center, to replace the old building that sustained hurricane damage in August 2017. The road to the old parking area has been blocked off, with a temporary road made to the restrooms across from the Visitor Contact Station (which remains closed due to COVID-19).  At the last FAMI Board meeting (via Zoom) Refuge Manager Joe Saenz and Visitor Services Manager Laura Bonneau shared some information on the plans for the new Visitor Center. The building will be home for the administrative offices, and the public area will include a check-in and information desk, an exhibit and interpretive area, a meeting room and the FAMI Nature Store and office.

    The road to the parking area will continue behind the new building and rejoin the main refuge road a short distance beyond the Alligator Viewing Area. There are plans for more trails around the new center, including a path from the building down to the existing platform for viewing alligators in Tomas Slough.

    Expect to see some changes when you next visit the Refuge!

  • Sunday, April 26, 2020 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

    The Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt has directed national wildlife refuges to temporarily suspend the collection of entrance fees until further notice.

    Read the news release here

    At the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge the Visitor Contact Station is closed, as is the FAMI Nature Store, part of the effort to promote social isolation and prevent spread of the virus. Visitors are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and keep a safe distance between yourself and others.

  • Monday, March 16, 2020 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Read an account from Wade Harrell, U.S. Whooping Crane Recovery Coordinator, of the annual crane abundance survey done this year.

    Read update here

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