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  • Refuge open daily, sunrise to sunset. Use self-pay station outside the Visitor Center if Visitor Center is closed.  $3 per vehicle entrance fee.

  • Bayside Drive, the refuge's 14 mile auto tour loop, is temporarily CLOSED to private vehicle traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians to protect endangered ocelots.  

  • Buena Vista Road is open. THE SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH!

  • Refuge walking and biking trails are open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.

  • Visitor Center is open 8 AM to 4 PM, Thursday through Monday. Call 956 748-3607, ext. 111 for information.

©2019 by Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

About Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

The mission of the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge shall be to educate the public regarding the flora, fauna, and natural environment of the Refuge, through functions and educational events, promote public support for the Refuge by encouraging and organizing volunteer services, and solicit public donations for use in supporting, assisting, and enhancing ongoing conservation projects on the Refuge.

 

No wonder so many concerned people like YOU (nature lovers, conservationists, wildlife watchers, volunteers, birders, photographers, outdoor enthusiasts, ranchers, educators, anglers, hunters, business people and more) have come together to support Friends of LANWR.

Accomplishments

  • We organize and host the annual Ocelot Conservation Festival in South Texas since 1997.  In 2019, we also brought ocelot awareness to the Longhorn Cattle Company at our 'Afternoon with an Ocelot'!  In the past we've hosted an annual ocelot Soiree, a fundraising event for Ocelot Conservation, and a 5K run through the Gladys Porter Zoo.  

  • Funded the purchase of live traps, trail cameras, and radio & GPS tracking collars for ocelot research.

  • We partnered with USFWS to restore 153 acres of coastal prairie along Holly Beach, removed 8,500 lb of trash from the area, and and installed nearly 5,000 ft of fencing to prevent illegal dumping and offroading!

  • Have donated approximately $7,000 since 2004 to help monitor and protect Kemp's ridley sea turtles, as well as donated equipment necessary to the recovery effort.

  • Sponsor Save Texas Ocelots.org specialty license plate.  Friends of Laguna Atascosa receives $22.00 from the sale or renewal of each plate from the TxDMV, 100% of which goes to ocelot conservation.

  • Operate the Visitor Center's nature bookstore, which offers educational, interpretive and promotional materials.  All proceeds go to projects on the Refuge. 

  • Successfully write and manage grants, including funding for the Ocelot Translocation Project, Bahia Grande Wetland Restoration, boardwalk overlooks along Laguna Madre at  Plover Point and Redhead Ridge, and  Aplomado Falcon Habitat Restoration at Bahia Grande.

  • Conduct outreach through special events, the web site, brochures and other promotional materials.

  • Lobby on a local and national level for land acquisition funding and other issues that affect wildlife conservation in South Texas.

Awarded 2013 Southwest Region
Friends of the Year Award 
Our Board of Directors

President:

Nicole Ekstrom

 

Vice President:

Robert Severson 

 

Co-Secretaries:

Joyce Hamilton

Madeleine Sandefur

 

Treasurer: 

Dr. Thomas deMaar 

 

Board Members:

Patrick Anderson

Dr. Greg Garcia

Dr. David Hicks

Pete Moore

Richard Moore

Dr. Sharon Wilcox

Shane Wilson

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