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With my in-laws in town this week for the holiday, we took Tuesday to visit the whooping cranes at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

It was a beautiful day on the water ahead of the cold front. Capt. Tommy Moore guided us expertly on the three-hour tour. We saw the Lobstick family with twin chicks in tow. I learned twins are rare because one chick usually kills its sibling to ensure the availability of food. By comparison, I joked to my in-laws, our two kids get along pretty well.

A highlight for our son was taking the helm of the boat on the ride back to Fulton. If you're a fan of whooping cranes, look Sunday for Advocate reporter Tara Bozick's story on the beautiful birds' future.