Texas Whooping Crane Wintering Area

3/25/14. The International Crane Foundation’s Texas Program is concerned about the Kirby Inland Marine oil spill that occurred in Galveston Bay, Texas on March 22 (learn more about the spill). If prevailing winds and currents drive the oil spill southwest along the Texas coast, there may be a possible landfall of spilled oil along Matagorda Island and adjacent bays later this week. This could potentially put the endangered Whooping Crane at risk. An estimated 304 Whooping Cranes maintain their winter territories on the central Texas coast (including Matagorda Island); this is the only naturally occurring Whooping Crane population in the world.

Although the cranes are beginning their spring migration back to Canada, many Whooping Cranes are currently at risk in the Matagorda/Aransas National Wildlife Refuge area from the immediate impact of spilled oil. And any long-term impacts will continue to affect this recovering endangered species.


To read complete article, click here. –>>  Texas Whooping Crane Wintering Area May be Affected by Oil Spill


For anyone interested in possible impacts to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge from the Galveston oil spill. FOTWW has received the following information from the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

“At this time the refuge has not had any impacts though we are monitoring the situation and trying to prepare for various possibilities. The oil spill incident is under the leadership of a Unified Command comprised of various local, state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They have created a website to keep the public informed — www.texascityyresponse.com.

If you would like to receive that information via email, you can sign up https://www.piersystem.com/go/mailinglist/4703/

This is the best and most reliable source of information on the Galveston oil spill.”


Whooping Crane Festival at Port Aransas, TX








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Welcome to the Whooping Crane Festival
Come Whoop It Up at our 18th Annual Whooping Crane Festival! Join us February 20-23, 2014 for a weekend full of all things ‘birdy’!
Early registration closes February 10. Register today by clicking here!

Guest Speaker Added to Festival Line-up Attendees at the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas will learn even more about the endangered species this year! For the first time in the festival’s eighteen year history, the superintendent of Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada will be one of the featured speakers.  Rob Kent, who oversees the nesting grounds of the cranes, will give a special presentation on Friday evening, February 21, at UTMSI. With aerial discovery in 1954 of the cranes nesting within Wood Buffalo National Park, advocates of the Whooping Crane were elated. The mystery had been solved as to where the cranes were nesting and that they were already in a protected area. Don’t miss this presentation on the protection and recovery from the nesting grounds in WBNP.
Raffle Tickets Now Available!  

Be sure to purchase tickets for our awesome raffle this year ~ benefitting the conservation of Whooping Cranes!

  • Vortex Viper HD 20-60X80 Spotting Scope & Pro GT Series Tripod
  • Ranger 8×42 Binoculars
  • Migration Tour w/lunch for 2 at Fennessey Ranch
  • 8-9 Hour Deep Sea Fishing Trip for 2 – Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Dolphin Watch Trip for 2 – Island Queen
  • “Wildlife in Focus VI” Books – Fennessey Ranch
  • $100 H-E-B Gift Certificate
Stop by our Visitors Center now to purchase your raffle tickets. The Chamber will also be selling raffle tickets and our 2014 festival T-Shirt at the Bird’s Nest Trade Show.
Stay up to date on the festival excitement by checking us out on Facebook, Twitter and our website!
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Festival Updates
January 2014

Festival Speakers

Local expert birder, Mel Cooksey, will be a guest speaker discussing shorebirds at this year’s festival. Additional presenters will discuss the Eastern Partnership, the Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to Louisiana, and Are Birds and Humans Different?, among other interesting subjects.

Birding at La Copita
The Festival offers a wonderful post-festival trip to birdwatch at

La Copita Ranch. This morning excursion wraps up the fantastic birding opportunities that we offer during the festival. Check it out!

Photography Workshops

Larry Ditto’s photography workshops and trips are filling fast. Reserve your space today!

In The News
Endangered Whooping Cranes taught to migrate south behind an ultralight plane! Click here to watch the story.

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