Endangered Whooping Cranes: A Celebration of Life
See endangered Whooping Cranes up close in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, where you’ll learn the story of this unique bird and hear about rehabilitation and conservation efforts.
Program No. 18333RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

South Texas is the only spot in the United States where the only natural migrating flock of endangered Whooping Cranes can be viewed at close range, and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce celebrates this astonishing natural wonder with an annual festival. Cruise along the shores of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to observe the cranes in a winter habitat shared by a diverse group of wildlife. Hear about current efforts to protect and rehabilitate cranes and other birds.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to one-half mile. Boat trips up to four hours. Corpus Christi, TX elevation 27 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take a study cruise along the shores of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and marvel at the only natural migrating flock of endangered, whooping cranes in the world.
  • Birding and wildlife sightings abound on a hay-wagon ride in the rich habitat of the Nueces Delta Preserve.
  • Learn about bird and turtle rescue and rehabilitation at the Texas Sealife Center.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
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Tommy Moore
Throughout his life, Captain Tommy Moore has been an avid outdoorsman who has explored the bays and estuaries of the Texas Coastal Bend since the age of 15. After giving up the corporate life in 2003, Captain Moore began piloting coastal birding explorations into the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to see endangered Whooping Cranes. He continues to lead birding adventures around the Texas Coastal Bend where more than 400 species have been documented.
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