The Welder Wildlife Foundation offers free, guided tours each Thursday at 3 p.m., excluding holidays.
The Welder Wildlife Refuge, situated on 7,800 acres of native rangeland, and the Welder Wildlife Foundation were established to support wildlife research and education.
Throughout the year the refuge is host to more than 600 species of reptiles, amphibians, mammals and resident and migratory birds.
It is located just 40 miles north of Corpus Christi on Highway 77, approximately 9 miles northeast of Sinton.
Amy Stevens, conservation educator, said, “Come visit us and learn about our fascinating array of native wildlife as well as the foundation and its research and education programs.
“We are also offering a limited number of free Saturday tours, and invite the public to join us.
“These special tours are similar to our Thursday tours and include lessons in local ecology, conservation and history, together with the opportunity to tour the amazing Welder Wildlife Refuge.
“However, during these tours, we are also offering a special opportunity to tour our extensive scientific collections of bird and mammal specimens, as well as a unique bird collection recently donated by Don Bowman.
“This collection contains specimens of two extinct species of birds, the passenger pigeon and heath hen.”
Special Saturday tours are from 9:30-12 noon on Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.
For the November tour, call to make reservations by 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, and for the December tour call by 2 p.m. on Dec. 3.
For additional information, contact Amy Stevens at (361) 364-2643.