Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

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Free
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1point5stars (1.50)
3point5stars (3.50)
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Austwell
Aransas
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Photos
frigate bird
this is only the third frigate bird i have ever seen, sadly it was such an overcast day that the pic not come out so well (Photo by jimmy peace)
female ritual
not sure what these three were doing, but watched them for a while, i was using my nikon coolpix p600 (Photo by jimmy peace)
big ole gobbler
saw him in the distance near the office entrance (Photo by jimmy peace)
Wildlife Observation Point
One of the wildlife observation points in the refuge. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Deer
There are a lot of deer in the refuge, too. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Alligator
There are a lot of alligators in this refuge! (Photo by Lone_Star)
Armadillo
This armadillo was busy sniffing and digging for something to eat. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Entrance Sign
This is the road sign to the refuge. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Log Entries
muggy, few birdlife
By jimmy peace on 5/10/2015
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 3point5stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

but i did see turkeys and a frigate bird way up in the sky

Every easy trail. Nice view. Had a great time.
By tx_chemist@hotmail.com on 7/25/2009
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 3 minutes
Very Nice Refuge!
By Lone_Star on 2/27/2008
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour
Of all of the wildlife refuges I’ve visited and reviewed thus far, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge takes the cake.
 
The refuge is seen primarily by a lengthy 17 mile auto tour, but there are numerous stop spots along the way to make it interesting. Some stops lead to short trails to see birds, while others are just nice scenic vistas of the area. The most interesting stop is a 40 foot observation tower that gives you a spectacular view of the marsh, Mustang Island and San Antonio Bay. There are also various free (!) powerful telescopes placed throughout the refuge that allows you to view wildlife close-up.
 
There are also various hiking/nature trails throughout the refuge, but they are very short. The longest is a little over a mile. Despite the short length, however, the trails take you to or through very interesting areas along San Antonio Bay. One trail takes you to an Alligator Viewing Area where I saw three alligators. Two large alligators were resting 10 feet off the trail, which is a bit close, especially if you have children, pets or elderly in your party.
 
One thing that really makes this refuge special in the winter months is the return of the Whooping Crane – North America’s tallest bird – which is an endangered species. You will also likely see armadillos, white-tailed deer, and numerous species of birds
 
I really enjoyed visiting this refuge and I highly recommend it.
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The southwestern United States--in this case, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas--harbors several dozen federally administered wildlife refuges, 31 of them open to the public and profiled in this guidebook. Some of the refuges, such as New Mexico's heavily visited Bosque del Apache, are stopovers for great numbers of birds (in this instance, more than 17,000 sandhill cranes alone) and residences for diverse plants and animals. Others, such as Texas's 3,500-acre Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, are devoted (but, of course, not limited) to a single endangered species. Natural-history writer Daniel Gibson gives a thorough description of the region's wildlife refuges and of the wildlife they shelter, providing a guide that nature-minded visitors will want to have on hand when visiting the desert country. --Gregory McNamee