Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Known as the last great habitat in coastal south Texas, the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) supports a diversity of wildlife unlike anywhere else in the United States. The refuge is made up of four major units: the Laguna Atascosa Unit, the South Padre Island Units, the recently restored Bahia Grande Unit, and the Coastal Corridor Unit, adding up to more than 90,000 acres.
With the refuge’s primary mission of providing habitat for native wildlife, Laguna Atascosa is home to a wide diversity of species. Visitors can enjoy many birds, from green jays and plain chachalacas, to Altamira orioles and aplomado falcons. Fall and spring bring migratory songbirds and peregrine falcons, and winter is the time to see sandhill cranes, redhead ducks and many other waterfowl. Common mammals include bobcat, coyote and javelina, but more elusive are the endangered ocelot and jaguarundi. Reptiles lovers can spot the American alligator, indigo snake, Texas tortoise, western diamondback rattlesnake and coral snake at the Refuge. The South Padre Island Unit provides nesting habitat for sea turtles - Kemp’s ridley, loggerhead, hawksbill and Atlantic green.
Visitors can connect with nature through a variety of activities including fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and photography, bicycling, hiking and interpretive tours and programs. A Visitor Center with exhibits, restrooms, and a nature store is available.
For more information, including hours of operation and tour schedules, please visit the refuge's official website www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa or call the Visitor Center 956-748-3607 ext 111. Click here to learn more.
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The Friends of Laguna Atascosa NWR is made up of people like you who care about the Refuge and the incredible and unique diversity of plants and wildlife found here.
We are conservationists, wildlife watchers, volunteers, birders, photographers, students, outdoor enthusiasts, ranchers, educators, nature lovers, anglers, hunters, business people and more.
Established in 1997 as a 501(3)c non-profit organization, our purpose is to protect, support and enhance the Refuge.
Friends receive funding through memberships, grants, sponsorships, and donations, 100% of which goes toward wildlife conservation. Please Join Us In Our Wildlife Conservation Efforts!
Become a "Friend
A "Friend" cares about wildlife and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. By becoming a Friend you will receive periodic information about Friends and the Refuge via email. You'll be the first to know about Refuge and Friends events, volunteer and intern opportunities, ongoing conservation projects, and more.
There is no cost to become a "Friend".
HOW TO HELP
Become an Advocate
In addition to the benefits of becoming a Friend, an Advocate demonstrates a commitment to the mission of the Friends organization with a $35.00 annual membership fee. 100% of your membership fee supports wildlife conservation.
Advocates receive a $10 annual refuge pass for Laguna Atascosa and Santa Ana NWR, are eligible to vote in board elections, and can run for a position on the board of directors.
Make a Donation
Be assured that 100% of your donation will benefit wildlife. Donations are used for high priority refuge projects such as:
• Habitat Acquisition
• Habitat Management
• Ocelot Conservation
• Aplomado Falcon Conservation -
• Feed The Birds
Even if you can't make a monetary donation, you can still donate your time to the Friend's group. We are always looking for more volunteers to help with our Nature Store in the Refuge's visitor center and at our events. Laguna Atascosa NWR also takes volunteers for maintenance, visitor services, tours, and other areas as they come up.