Rockport Fulton | The Endangered Whooping Cranes Arrive on Their Winter Habitat

The Endangered Whooping Cranes Arrive on Their Winter Habitat

Rockport-Fulton, Texas, Texas; The endangered Whooping Cranes have arrived marking the end of their annual 2600-mile journey to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The 500+ birds making up the Wood Buffalo Flock spends the spring and summer in and around Wood Buffalo National Park on the Alberta/Northwest Territories border in Canada.

A single Whooper was reported early Sunday with a flock of Sandhill Cranes. Diane Johnson, owner of Crane House, a short-term rental property located beside St. Charles Bay just north of Rockport reported 4 sub-adult cranes on deer feeders in their yard this morning.

Captain Tommy Moore who operates the Skimmer out of Fulton Harbor has been providing boat tours into the refuge to see the rare birds since 2003. “We should have a great season for viewing the whoopers this year with plenty for them to eat in their favorite habitat.”
“We start anticipating the cranes’ arrival towards the end of October.” says Moore.
“We typically have a few birds in the 1st week of November.”
“These birds rely on strong pacific fronts to aid them in migration. The fronts of recent weeks have really helped the birds along this year.”

While these birds have met a lot of adversity in past years with drought conditions affecting their prime source of nourishment, the Blue Crab, abundant rains in Texas over the past two years have reestablished this important part of their diet.

Boat tours into the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge are the best way to see these rare birds up close in their natural habitat from November through April.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Whooping Cranes back to their winter home here at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge!” stated Laura Bonneau Visitor Services Manager of the Refuge. The office of the Refuge can be contacted at 361-349-1138 or contact their Visitor Contact Station at 361-349-1181. Hours of operation are 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. To learn more about the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, go online to

For more information on boat tours contact the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 361-729-6445 or email

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