Whooping Crane Tours Begin December 1, 2015

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Every year, from November through early April, the Wharf Cat winds its way through the vast Aransas Bay complex in Texas to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge where magnificent, endangered whooping cranes make their winter home. Along the way, birders view coastal scenery and observe many species of birds that frequent the barrier islands and reefs. The Wharf Cat's licensed captains and professional narrators will entertain you with detailed information throughout our whooping crane boat tours. Local naturalists narrate our tours and share their knowledge of whooping cranes, past and present plus many other species of birds and provide information for beginner, intermediate and advanced bird watchers.

  Upon arrival at the refuge, birders are treated to a breathtaking view of the whooping cranes and other diverse forms of wildlife. With the highest observation decks of any area vessels, the Wharf Cat provides the best viewing and photography opportunities in Rockport and Port Aransas. The Wharf Cat has a shallow draft and can drift very close to shore, where the captain will make several stops allowing you to get "up close and personal" with the "whoopers", so be sure to bring your camera. Area birding checklists and spotting scopes are provided on our bird watching trips and we offer binocular rentals.

  The Wharf Cat has a concession on board with hot and cold food and drinks served in a heated and air conditioned cabin with windows for viewing that can seat up to 84 people. No outside food, drink or coolers allowed on board

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