Home Original - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas
A Very Special Welcome!
Thank you for joining us in celebrating the return of the endangered Whooping Cranes to their winter home in South Texas during our annual Festival February 21-24, 2013. We’ve added to the festival activities to provide additional trips and workshops, bringing a fresh new approach to our celebration. We look forward to hosting you on our island paradise where conservation and preservation rank among our top priorities. Check out the Festival Highlights for activities you don’t want to miss. Review the Schedule and Register early to reserve your spot, as our activities fill up quickly.
“The Whooping Crane Festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience the world’s rarest crane species and a plethora of wildlife including peregrine falcons, roseate spoonbills, cinnamon teal, even alligators.”George Archibald
Co-Founder, International Crane Foundation
Floating high above the continent, the Whooping Crane embarks upon its 2,500-mile trek in October to winter on the Texas Gulf Coast. Families, twins, and adolescents alike, are among the scarce crane population that seem like royalty to us. They preen, dance through the marshes, sing to communicate and search for the perfect meal as they live their lives in the wide outdoors. The Whooping Crane stands tall – each of them dignitaries, some as tall as seven feet.
Dr. George Archibald
Dr. George Archibald is one of the two co-founders of the International Crane Foundation (ICF), head-quartered in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He…Read More
Dr. Juan Bahamon
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Dr. Sammy King
Dr. Sammy King is employed by the U.S. Geological Survey and is the leader of the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and…Read More
Dr. Liz Smith
Dr. Liz Smith is a native Texan, and the rich, coastal environment has been an intimate part of her life….Read More
Dr. Wade Harrell
Dr. Wade Harrell, has recently been named the Whooping Crane Coordinator for the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. As a fifth…Read More
Sean Fitzgerald’s images have been published in Professional Photographer Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, New York Times, Audubon Nature Calendars, Texas Highways,…Read More
Dr. Robin Doughty
Dr. Robin Doughty has attended colleges in Italy, England, and the United States. He received a doctorate in Geography from the…Read More
Kelly M. Darnell
Kelly McKay Darnell, PhD candidate at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, will present the worldwide importance of seagrasses, and more…Read More