Port Aransas
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.
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Program No. 18333RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

South Texas is the only spot in the United States where the endangered Whooping Crane 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 intracoastal waterways to observe the crane 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
Walking up to one-half mile. Boat trips up to four hours. Port Aransas, TX elevation 6 feet.
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 in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and marvel at the only flock of endangered, naturally migrating whooping cranes in the world.
  • Birding and wildlife sightings abound on a hay-wagon ride in the rich habitat of the Fennessey Ranch.
  • Learn about bird and turtle rescue on a field trip to the University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK).

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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Nan Dietert
Nan Dietert is a skilled sculpturist, but she freely admits her “magnificent obsession” is birding — influenced by the remarkable variety of birds that live, winter, and migrate through the coastal bend and South Texas. Nan and husband Lyndon run a private guide service in Port Aransas, and they have offered their birding expertise on a river boat in Port Aransas during the Whooping Crane Festival, as well as on the intercoastal canal between Port Isabel and New Orleans.
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