I had been told by a serious birding friend 40 years ago that I should visit this place, and I finally had the opportunity. It was well worth the visit. Although conditions were not great for seeing migrating songbirds (onshore wind rather than offshore) we did see many other species of bird, plus a large variety of other wildlife. It... 更多
This National Wildlife Refuge is truly in the middle of nowhere at the end of Texas 2040. Entry fee is $5/vehicle, open from 1/2 hour prior to sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset. Visitor Center open 9a-4p. The volunteer staff at the visitor center quite helpful and you can also get a pair of binoculars to use for the day... 更多
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the refuge. In one part of the refuge, you can drive to different trails where you'll find observation platforms within easy walking distance of the parking area. At some stops there are trails that take you deeper into that area; all of trails are under two miles round-trip and are well groomed. There are... 更多
As others have noted, if you wish to see the Whooping Cranes, you should have a spotting scope. Without one, you may likely be disappointed that your view of this rare species is just of white 'dots' 1/4 mile away. I had 8x42 binoculars, and could identify the 3 we saw out in the marsh from the observation tower. A... 更多
Had a great time here as we always do when we visit. Didn't see any cranes but did see quite a few alligators. See pictures. We saw a couple right next to the visitor center at the viewing deck. Great place to get your kids to experience and learn about wildlife. Thumbs up.
Aransas NWR is a bit of a drive north of Rockport, Texas but; is a lovely place and the winter home for endangered Whooping Cranes. The reception center has small but very informative interpretive center. The volunteers and staff are super helpful in providing guidance to best spots to see various wildlife. Bathrooms at reception center are very clean. Additional... 更多
The staff here are very friendly and helpful. There IS a lot of wildlife here (alligators, deer, javalinas (or something close to them) and of course birds. There is a very nice driving route with stops well marked. The old old Oak tree is certainly worth a stop. My problem was I read about this being the place for significant... 更多
As usual started with the Visitor Centre. The volunteer was excellent, gave us lots of information. Headed straight to where we could potentially see whopping cranes. We saw them, way in the distance, need good binoculars or scope. On our way out saw a family of Javelinas, they were not cooperative for pictures. Definitely great place for spotting birds.
We made a brief stop when visiting the are intending to return while we were there. We had visited two years ago. The highlight of the trip, climbing the wonderful observation was our first stop. Such a great structure that vultures had tended to claim the upper portions as perches for extended periods. 'Had', because the park has installed cable... 更多