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Join the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau in celebration of our 20TH Anniversary Whooping Crane Festival, February 25-28, 2016!

Online registration is now open!

The Coastal Bend is the only place in the world where the last naturally occurring, wild population of Whooping Cranes can be viewed at close range, and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau celebrates these famous “snow birds” with an annual festival. In addition to the cranes, vast arrays of wintering birds flock to the coastal marshes and shorelines around Port Aransas, Texas, “America’s Birdiest Small Coastal City”.

The festival is open to avid and amateur birders, photographers, families, and anyone who loves the outdoors and nature-related activities.

This year’s festival will feature keynote speaker Carter Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Twentieth anniversary special events include a luncheon presentation by Tom Stehn, retired U.S.Whooping Crane Coordinator; a photography exhibit and reception with photographer Zhongjie Zheng from China; an evening painting and wine pairing class; and a family birding field trip.

World renowned crane expert, Dr. George Archibald, will be one of the featured speakers at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, along with representatives from the different Whooping Crane populations across North America. Additional festival events include boat tours to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to observe Whooping Cranes, guided field trips, interactive workshops and seminars, and a nature-related trade show.