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Whooping cranes call Aransas Bay home

Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:20 a.m.


ROCKPORT-FULTON - From November to March just under 300 whooping cranes call the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge their winter home. This Aransas-Wood Buffalo flock is the world's only wild migrating flock of whooping cranes.

Standing more than 5 feet tall, the stately white whooping crane is an endangered species. Theirs is a story of survival - the wild flock numbered only 18 in 1938.

View the birds via land at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge observation tower. Excursions on boats with enclosed cabins, observation decks and restrooms provide an up-close look at these magnificent birds. Tours are narrated by ornithologists and master naturalists. Binoculars are available for rent or loan. Your best opportunity to view the birds is via water on a boat excursion in Aransas Bay. Scheduled trips start mid November and continue through the end of March

For more information on opportunities to see these birds and for places to stay, contact the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 361-729-6445 or 1-800-242-0071, or visit rockport-fulton.org. Select 'Birding' and then click through for information on a variety of land and boat excursions.

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