Established in 1946, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge has been providing habitat for wildlife for 70 years! On March 26 the refuge will celebrate its anniversary and all visitors will enjoy free entrance. From 10 am to 4 pm kids’ activities and ranger talks will be offered. From 8 am to 11 am there will be a bird banding demonstration.
The refuge was established in 1946 to provide habitat for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds, including redhead ducks. Over 80% of the redheads in North America winter on the lower Laguna Madre. Today, the refuge’s mission has an expanded emphasis that includes endangered species conservation and management for shorebirds. The refuge is a premiere bird-watching destination with more recorded species of birds than any other refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge is also home to one of the two remaining populations of ocelots in the United States.
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge encompasses more than 97,000 acres, and offers a variety of opportunities to the public for wildlife related activities such as wildlife watching, hunting, fishing, photography and environmental education. There are a variety of tours and programs offered throughout the year.
For more information contact the refuge at 956-748-3607 ext. 108, or visit the refuge’s website www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa.