This weekend is the Annual Whooping Crane Festival here in Port Aransas. The Whooping Crane Festival celebrates 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. From a low of 16 in the 1940s, the population is now 306. I hope you enjoy the photos. No, I didn’t get a shot of a Whooping Crane.
Cars parked everywhere for the Festival headquarters and exhibition.
The Civic Center. In addition to boat tours and guided forays to the habitat, there is an exposition of all things birding.
Tables loaded with exciting things for birders.
Port Aransas display
Welcome sign and sponsors.
Udder-Balm has been around for ages. I did not expect to see it on display. We use it on Lucy’s nose to keep it from chapping.
Lots of information about birds and the environment.
The heart of every birder’s dream. A new and better way to see the birds.
We’re talking about some serious optics here.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of the exhibition.
A shot of the cranes taken by Mike Sloat Photography.