Texas: Port Aransas Whooping Crane Festival

Whooping Crane. Photo courtesy of Mike McDowell.

Come where thousands gather

When seeing the Whooping Crane in person, you will be drawn to its statuesque five foot height and expansive eight foot wing span. But, would you ever connect this aerodynamic creature with the rather cumbersome looking French Horn? You will after experiencing the Whooping Crane's very loud call. The power and resonance of this crane's call comes from a long trachea which coils twice—just like a French Horn. The booming, bugle-like call of the rare and endangered Whooping Crane is in full symphony at the Port Aransas Whooping Crane Festival held every February.

The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and winter home for the only wild migrating flock of Whooping Cranes. In 1938, this flock numbered only 18 cranes, but by 2008 had grown to 266 thanks to extensive conservation efforts. The Port Aransas celebration of Whooping Cranes offers an abundant variety of field trips along with boat, bus, and hayride tours to keep you and your binoculars hustling from dawn to dusk. Observation of wintering migratory birds, dolphins and an animal rehabilitation facility for sea-turtles and birds is sure to yield memorable experiences for all.

At the Festival

Eagle Optics has proudly supported the Port Aransas Whooping Crane Festival for many years. Visit the Eagle Optics booth where our staff will be there to offer expert help in finding the perfect binocular or spotting scope for your needs. Other manufacturers are also available for hands-on experience of their top-notch digiscoping set-ups and binoculars.