Slots for the December rifle hunt are still available. Interested hunters my call the refuge for an application. These controlled hunts take place on acreage completely separate from the public use area. The driving tour loop remains open daily for general visitation.
The Aransas Lecture Series will host a program about whooping cranes by Texas master naturalist Ray Kirkwood at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.
Interpretive van tours led by trained volunteers, will also be offered on Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the natural history of the refuge and possibly see white-tailed deer, alligator, javelina, wild turkey, whooping cranes, and a variety of other wildlife species while on the tour.
Reservations are required due to limited seating. Other than the daily entrance fee, there is no additional fee for the guided van tour.
The Refuge Visitor Center will be closed on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25. The driving tour loop will be open.
The refuge and friends of Aransas Matagorda Island will host a National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count on Tuesday, Dec. 22. If you want to see lots of birds, learn identification, habits and habitats, join us for this annual event.
To obtain more information about activities, call the refuge at 361 286-3559 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily.