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  • Saturday, November 05, 2016 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Photo by Laura Bonneau, USFWS 

     

     On Saturday, November 19, members will have an opportunity to visit the Lamar Unit of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. This unit is located on the Lamar peninsula, north of Rockport, and is closed to the public. It is home to Whooping Cranes and numerous other birds. Laura Bonneau, Refuge Visitor Services Manager, will be along to tell us about the unit. *

     

    This is a field trip limited to Friends members only. If you are a current member and did not receive your invitation, please contact the treasurer. If you are not currently a member, and would like to join you can do so here.

     

    If you have any questions about the field trip. you can email us for more information.

     

    This is a wonderful opportunity to explore a part of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge that many people do not get to see. 

     

    *Since the Lamar Unit is not managed for public access, a different trip may have to be substituted due to weather and/or road conditions. 

     

    Aerial photo by Wade Harrell, USFWS 

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Linda Lanoue, Fred Lanoue, Linda Swiggett, & Linda Frank  Photo by Joe Saenz, USFWS

     

    Aransas National Wildlife Refuge celebrated National Wildlife Refuge Week with Refuge Celebration Day October 15th. Over 350 people came out to enjoy tours of the refuge, kayaking, archery, face painting, and much, much more.

     

    We also held our Pollinator Garden "Grand Opening". It was perfect timing, and the garden was full of butterflies. Guided tours of the garden were given, and other people visited it on their own. We saw people enjoying the garden in various ways, such as sketching, photographing, studying the plants and their labels, and watching butterflies.

     

    We've gotten wonderful comments on the garden. If you're in the area, come and check it out!

     

     Julia butterfly in garden Oct. 15th. Photo by Debra Corpora

  • Sunday, October 09, 2016 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members of the Rough Riders 4-H Club, from the Austwell-Tivoli ISD, did an amazing job in our pollinator garden October 8th. They removed a mountain of undesirable plants from the garden in record time! Many thanks to them for their hard work. A couple slipped away before we could get a photo, but we appreciate each and every one of them!

     

     Rough Riders 4-H Club workers, along with Linda Frank (far right) who supervised the work. Photo by Fred Lanoue

  • Sunday, September 11, 2016 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The History Center for Aransas County honored Friends of Aransas NWR and others that were chosen as  Stewards of Nature in Aransas County. President Fred Lanoue was presented a certificate at a reception September 10th. Organizations and individuals honored were chosen by members of the community for their efforts to preserve, protect, and restore the natural environment. 

     

    The reception marked the opening of the History Center's exhibition, Stewards of Nature, which will be on display through November 12, 2016. The exhibit celebrates those who have worked to preserve the unique environment of the Coastal Bend, with its barrier islands, marshes, and oak mottes. There will be posters telling the stories of the honorees.  

     

    You can see more about the exhibit here.

     

    We are excited and proud to be part of this exhibition! 

     

     Photo by Linda Swiggett

  • Tuesday, September 06, 2016 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This study was done on the introduced Eastern flock, but it is quite interesting.

    Click here to read the study. 
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There was a great deal of excitement when Whooping Cranes were recently sighted on the refuge from a boat, with people thinking they had arrived back very early. Actually, they never left! Click here to read Sara Sneath's article in the Victoria Advocate.

  • Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Youth Conservation Corps workers spent 8 weeks working in different areas of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The students, from Austwell/Tivoli ISD, along with their crew leader Chris Sandoval, spent one day working in the pollinator garden. They did an amazing job & accomplished more in one day than we ever imagined!

     

    The YCC is a win-win program. The students got a chance to earn money and learn more about the natural environment at the refuge. The refuge got help with various projects. This was a great group of hard workers.

     

    Our next work day in the garden will be Tuesday August 30th. If you'd like to participate, contact us for details. 

     

     

  • Friday, June 10, 2016 7:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In June only, the garden maintenance work day has been changed to the 4th Monday, June 27th rather than the usual Tuesday. Please email us for more information. 

  • Friday, June 10, 2016 7:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    Great news – our colleagues with the Canadian Wildlife Service report that 78 Whooping Crane nests are confirmed on the cranes' breeding grounds at Wood Buffalo National Park. Here's to a successful nesting season!

  • Monday, April 25, 2016 7:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Linda Swiggett and Gay Heijmancik did a wonderful job representing Friends of Aransas and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge at Earth Day Bay Day in Corpus Christi on April 9th. They gave out 500 shells they had painted, as well as Roseate Spoonbill postcards and Aransas NWR pencils, and information about the refuge. Linda has created a photo album that she had on display at the table, and that got a lot of interest. Linda & Gay talked with people about the refuge and invited them to come out to see it for themselves. They signed up over 50 people that want to receive our e-newsletter to keep up with what is going on at the refuge.

     

    Thank you ladies for doing an outstanding job!

     

     

     

    Linda Swiggett at table; photo by Gay Heijmancik

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