Roving Reporter | Port Aransas Nature Preserves | Posted 1/11/18

Exciting news!!! Scott Holt, retired University of Texas Marine Science Institute scientist, discovered two Whooping Cranes grazing on fiddler crabs on the southern boundary of the Nature Preserve yesterday afternoon. This endangered species has less than 450 wild individuals, luckily, their population is expanding. This may be the first time in recent history that Whooping Cranes have been seen on Mustang Island. There have been a few recorded flyovers. If you happen to see them please be respectful as we want to welcome them to stay as long as they'd like. The International Crane Foundation asks you to stay at least 100 yards away. If a crane approaches closer than 100 yards remain still until the crane goes away. You can watch how they behave as you approach. If they start to walk away or stick their head up please back away. The only open trail in the Preserve right now is accessible via the Community Park on Ross Ave and leads to the Nature Preserve Pavilion on Port St. Visitors are welcome but please remember to stay on the trail. The @InternationalCraneFoundation Texas Program was notified and they are excited to see the cranes exploring new places! source

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