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Bird Watching on the Central Texas Coast

Following the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

No place is better for birding that the Texas Gulf Coast, thanks to the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. When traveling along the central Texas coast, you should know that a great spot for bird watching enthusiasts is the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge sits near the city of Corpus Christi, just north of towns like Fulton, Portland, Ingleside and Port Aransas. Whether in the area because of the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, or just looking for a good place to bird watch, the 115,000-acre Aransas National Wildlife Refuge has your answer.

Originally the Aransas Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, the Aransas NWR is home to a plethora of ibises, ducks, herons, and egrets. The refuge is well known as the winter resting spot of endangered whooping cranes – the only flock left of its kind. See the famed cranes from the Tour Loop Drive, or the popular observation tower – a must-do during your time on the Gulf Coast.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Roseate Spoonbill and Reddish Egret when visiting the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, or take a walk down the Heron Flats Trail for a look at the Buff-bellied Hummingbird. With all the activity at the Aransas NWR, it's hard to know where to start in this staple of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.


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14050 S Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi TX 78418-6026
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300 N Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi TX 78401-2565
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6301 S Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi TX 78412-4013
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2025 State Highway 361, Ingleside TX 78362-4106
Phone: (361) 776-2767  |  Fax: (361) 776-2080  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »



400 E Avenue G, Port Aransas TX 78373-5707
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1707 Highway 181, Portland TX 78374-4147
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