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Welcome to the Whooping Crane Festival Website

Each year since 1996, the Whooping Crane Festival has celebrated the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The Texas Coastal Bend is the only place where you can see the world’s last naturally occurring population of Whooping Cranes.

Update for 2021​

We are unfortunately unable to host the traditional festival this year due to the pandemic. Our goal is to keep everyone safe; we hope you understand. We will be hosting local birding tours in February.  Registration is now open. The tours will have limited capacity, so sign up early.

Wings of Winter

Cover of Wings of Winter brochure, showing a whooping craneWe are pleased to present Wings of Winter, the 2021 Port Aransas Winter Birding Guide. The following is included in Wings of Winter:

  • Winter Whooper Wings — about the Whooping Crane
  • Map — best bird watching sites and points of interest
  • Where the Birds Are — guided and self-guided tours in the Coastal Bend
  • Winter Wings of the Coastal Bend — Five birds that you are sure to see in Port A

Download Wings of Winter Brochure (PDF, 2.3 MB)