Visitor Contact Station

Iron Ranger Kiosk

The Visitor Contact Station is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed federal holidays). If you visit before or after those hours, please register and pay fee at the kiosk in the parking lot (see photo). The auto tour and trails are open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. For more information, call 361/349-1181.

Every Kid Outdoors

EKO Logo

Every 4th grader in the country and their family can get FREE access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year, including Aransas National Wildlife Refuge! Learn more about how to get this important pass at the link below.

Every Kid Outdoors Pass Information
Whooping Cranes

Whooping Crane Survey Results


Biologists have completed analysis of aerial surveys of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo whooping crane population done last winter. The survey indicated 504 whooping cranes, including 13 juveniles, in the primary survey area (approximately 153,950 acres) centered on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Austwell, Texas. This marks the 2nd year in a row that the population has topped the 500 mark.

Whooping Crane Survey Results: Winter 2018-2019

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Tracking Whooping Cranes


Researchers from multiple organizations are working together to track the population using GPS devices. The devices record 4-5 locations every 24 hours and help identify migration routes, habitat use, nesting areas and more. This great video from Texas Parks and Wildlife highlights the important work done and how it will benefit the endangered bird.

Whooping Crane Tracking Study

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Whooping Crane Updates

The refuge posts Whooping Crane Updates while the cranes are on the Texas coast, their winter home. Get the most recent information on aerial surveys, habitat conditions and how the refuge is managing for the benefit of these endangered birds.

While the Birds are Here

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS