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  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 5:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

     

     

    Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and Matagorda Bay Chapter of Serve Outdoors co-sponsored the Drew McGinnes Memorial Hunt April 24-26. Friends of Aransas supplied breakfast Saturday & Sunday, with Refuge staff helping to cook Saturday. We were also able to contribute two $50 Academy gift cards for a "thank you" drawing. Giving these veterans with disabilities a recreational opportunity and getting rid of some hogs at the same time is win-win!! We were honored to be a part of it.

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friends of Aransas Board Members Linda Swiggett & Irma Schreiner represented our group and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge at the World of Water in Corpus Christi  April 25th.

     

     

  • Friday, April 03, 2015 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    Staff and volunteers have been busy with several projects the last few months, and have gotten a lot done, in spite of the cold & rainy weather. Earlier we posted about the new tower boardwalk, & new platform at the end of Big Tree Trail. Now we have two more completed projects.

     

    There is a wonderful new platform at the Alligator Viewing Area. This one is great because it's raised, so that you look down on Thomas Slough & the area the alligators like to lie in. You can get really nice views, while remaining perfectly safe. You can also see among the cattails, to better search for birds. It's wheelchair accessible, too.!  

     

    The other platform is on Heron Flats Trail, after the trail curves back towards the woods. This viewing platform had to be closed, and was greatly missed by many. It offers a view of the "far end" of Heron Flats that can't be had anywhere else. The platform has now been rebuilt and conforms to current codes.

     

    Most of our seasonal residential volunteers have left now, and the others will be leaving soon. They have made a tremendous difference, though, and their work will be enjoyed by refuge visitors for many seasons to come! 

  • Friday, April 03, 2015 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the last Rockport City Council meeting, Mayor C. J. Wax presented Friends President Fred Lanoue with a check for $735.00. This year we partnered with the city in their annual Whooping Crane Strut. A portion of each entry fee was designated for Water for Wildlife. Although we've had good rains the past few months, dry tomes will definitely come again. The check has been deposited in our Water for Wildlife Fund, to help the refuge supply reliable fresh water sources for Whooping Cranes and other wildlife.

     

    Thank you to the City of Rockport, Tom Staley & the Parks Department, and everyone that participated. 

  • Monday, March 23, 2015 5:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Geographic has chosen Aransas as one of 6 stand-out National Wildlife Refuges! Read about it here!

     

     

  • Monday, March 09, 2015 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Even though the weather was cold, the Rockport Whooping Crane Strut was lots of fun.  The refuge mascot was there, along with her handler, Visitor Services Manager Laura Bonneau. Our favorite big bird started the race, greeted runners & walkers at the finish line, and helped hand out prizes. Friends of Aransas representatives were there to talk with people about Friends and the refuge. A portion of the registration fees will be donated to our Water for Wildlife Fund. We appreciate everyone that participated, and especially the Rockport Parks Department for letting us partner with them in this fun event.

    To see more photos visit our Facebook Page. You don't have to register for Facebook to see our page.

  • Friday, March 06, 2015 4:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    US Fish & Wildlife Service Retirees held their 2015 reunion in Corpus Christi, and visited the refuge March 3rd. For many, it was their first visit here. Even though retired, they are still committed to supporting National Wildlife Refuges and their Friends organizations.  

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2015 7:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    USA Today 10Best has announced the nominees for Best National Wildlife Refuge, and Aransas is on it. There are some great refuges on the list, but we all know how special Aransas is. The contest runs through March 30th, at 11:59 a.m. You can vote every day until then. You can vote here.

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rockport's Whooping Crane Strut will be Saturday, March 7th.  It will feature a 5 K run, a 10 K run, and a 2 mile walk. This year, $5 of each registration fee will be donated to our Water for Wildlife Fund. We will have an outreach table, and refuge staff will be there to talk with people

     

     about the importance of reliable fresh water sources for Whooping Cranes and other wildlife, answer questions about the cranes, and give out information about Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge whooping crane mascot will also make an appearance.

     

    If you'd like to volunteer to help for a couple of hours during the race by staffing a drink station or pointing runners in the correct direction, email us your contact information. Volunteers will receive a race T-shirt.

     

    To learn more about the event, or to register, visit the race website.

     

    Hope to see you there! 

     

     

  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you're in the Texas Coastal Bend area, be sure to come to Port Aransas & check out the Whooping Crane Festival. We will be in the Bird Nest Trade Show 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday 2/20 & Saturday 2/21, and 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sunday 2/22.

     

    We'll have a great selection of books for all ages, including a brand new book, Birdology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds. Written for budding naturalists, it's full of fun ways to learn about birds. For adults, we have Pete Dunn's The Art of Bird Identification. Not a field guide, it gives tips on how to observe key factors in identifying birds. We also have new t-shirt designs, including 2 featuring drawings by David Allen Sibley. There are new canvas totes, educational games, and much more. 

     

    As always, we'll have free information and people to answer your questions about Aransas NWR. There's lots going on there, with shuttle bus tours, new boardwalks, etc.

     

    Come by to shop, or just to say hello. Hope to see there.  

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