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  • 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

    Topic: FAMI ANNUAL MEETING

    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

  • Sunday, June 09, 2019 3:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Demolition of the Visitor Center is underway at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The Claude F. Lard Visitor Center, built in 1980, took on extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. So farewell to an old friend, while looking forward to the replacement building.


  • Thursday, February 07, 2019 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Weather permitting, survey flights were started in the first week of February to get an overall estimate of the wintering whooping crane population.

    Follow this link for the latest update from Dr Wade Harrell, US Whooping Crane Recovery Coordinator (link to FWS website).

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