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Snowy Owl 11 © Melissa Groo

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Painted Redstart by Mike Watson

A cooperative Amazon Kingfisher – an ABA Code 5 rarity – helped make the 20th Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival one of the all-time best birding events.

Birding Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas

Whooping Cranes at Aransas NWR by Steve Hillebrand

When you say Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, most birders think of Whooping Cranes. But the refuge offers much more.

Whooping Crane Festival (Port Aransas, TX)


The Whooping Crane Festival is a celebration of the return of the endangered Whooping Cranes to their winter home on the Texas Gulf Coast.  The festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience the world’s rarest crane species and a plethora of wildlife including Peregrine Falcons, Roseate Spoonbills, Cinnamon Teal, and more. Festival events include Whooping Crane… Read more

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