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The 2015 Whooping Crane Festival is in the works!

Make plans to join us at next year’s Whooping Crane Festival
February 19-22, 2015

Check back after the first of the New Year for all the exciting details of the festival.
The complete schedule is almost ready to take flight!


Get your binoculars and checklists ready! The Coastal Bend is the only spot in the United States where the endangered whooping crane can be viewed at close range, and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce celebrates this astonishing natural wonder with an annual festival honoring these grand birds. In addition, an awesome array of wintering migratory birds flock into the wetlands and onto the Texas shorelines of Mustang Island in Port Aransas and birding tours by land and sea are highlights during the festival. Make your plans to attend the Whooping Crane Festival from February 19 – 22, 2015.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the many festivities during the celebration. Nature is the theme of the free trade show featuring numerous, unique vendors. A wide selection of optics, paintings, photography and one of a kind gift items for the nature lover in all of us will be featured.

Other activities include presentations from world-renowned speakers at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, photography workshops and a variety of field trips.

Festival Events

Day 1

Thursday, Feb 20
Register, Boat Tours & More
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 2

Friday, Feb 21
Trips, Tours & More
6:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 3

Saturday, Feb 22
Workshops, Speakers & More
6:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 4

Sunday, Feb 23
Trade Show, Tours & More
7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Pre & Post

Pre & Post Events
Birdwatching, Stargazing & More
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Dr. George Archibald

Dr. George Archibald, Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist, International Crane Foundation Presentation: Cranes of the World Bio: In 1973, when cranes…

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Colleen Simpson

Colleen Simpson, Nature Preserve Manager, City of Port Aransas  Presentation: Port Aransas Nature Preserves: Post-Harvey and Looking Toward the Future…

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Dr. Wade Harrell

Dr. Wade Harrell, U.S. Whooping Crane Coordinator, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Presentation: TBA Bio: Dr. Wade Harrell, the U.S. Whooping…

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Natalie Bourke

Natalie Bourke, Public Outreach Education Officer, Parks Canada-Wood Buffalo National Park Presentation: Born Wild & Free-The Whoopers of Wood Buffalo…

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Dr. Richard Beilfuss

Dr. Richard Beilfuss, President and CEO, International Crane Foundation Presentation: Water for Cranes, Ourselves, our World Bio: Dr. Richard Beilfuss,…

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Jace Tunnell

Jace Tunnell, Director, Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Presentation: Hurdles with Nurdles: A Gulf-wide Citizen Science Project Nurdle Patrol is…

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Kathy Adams Clark

Kathy Adams Clark, KAC Productions  Presentation: Birding Costa Rica Bio: Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since…

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Joe Duff

Joe Duff, Co-Founder and CEO, Operation Migration Presentation: A Bird’s-eye View of the Recovery of Whooping Cranes Bio: Before Joe…

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Dr. Liz Smith

Dr. Liz Smith, Sr. Whooping Crane Scientist and North America Program Director, International Crane Foundation Presentation: Aransas-Wood Buffalo Population of…

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Sara Zimorski

Sara Zimorski, Wildlife Biologist, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Presentation: Eight Years In – The Challenges and Successes of…

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