Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
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A key component of the Great Coastal Texas Birding Trail that runs the entire length of the Gulf Coast, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge sits on an island born about 120,000 years ago during the retreat of continental glaciers. Today, Aransas is known as the fulcrum of efforts to save the whooping crane from extinction and for the masses of largely recovered cranes that take refuge here from late October to end of April. Tour boats are available for up-close encounters. You'll also see species like brown boobies and even the elusive Swainson's warblers, whose bright and distinctive chirp helps birders find this humbly plumaged but desirable songbird in the underbrush.
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