Friday, January 20, 2012

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Today we went to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to see Whooping Cranes.

Famed as a principal wintering ground for the near-extinct whooping crane, the refuge is on a broad peninsula about 12 miles across the bay northeast of Rockport. It is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a refuge for the protection and management of various species of wildlife. About 400 species of birds—Canada geese, pintail ducks, American wigeons, sandhill cranes and more—have been recorded. Other inhabitants include alligators, white-tailed deer, javelina and raccoon. Sight-seeing, nature observation, hiking and photography are permitted along designated public-use roads, trails and at observation towers; also picnic areas.


The white specks in the photo below is as close as we got to Whooping Cranes.


Water moccasin snake (Poisonous)


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