We made several trips to the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, and saw many birds and other wildlife. We did not see any whooping cranes. We talked with the people in the visitor center and asked how best to view them. They recommended that we take a boat trip from Port Aransas or Rockport, so we took the trip from Port Aransas.
It took a little over an hour to make the trip. Along the way, we were alerted about any birds or other wildlife that could be seen from the boat. We saw the flamingo that had arrived in the area, by mistake because of a hurricane. We had several sightings of whooping cranes after we arrived in the refuge. The birds seemed calm and unbothered by our boat, and we were able to photograph them and watch them while they moved about. We even saw three of them take flight, a rather uncommon sighting since they do not fly much. We had a wonderful trip, and we plan to take the boat out again next January when we return to Port Aransas for the month.