Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1946, the 97,007-acre refuge has more documented species of birds than any other National Wildlife Refuge in the United States. The refuge is open for wildlife watching, education and interpretation, hunting, fishing and nature photography and is about one hour’s drive east of Harlingen. Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is the summer and/or winter home to a diversity of wildlife including the endangered Ocelot. Due to its location on the mainland, adjacent to the hyper-saline Laguna Madre Bay and onto the barrier islands and beaches of South Padre Island, the Laguna Atascosa NWR provides an important habitat for nesting sea turtles, blue crab, herons and egrets and many other species. Over 130 species of butterflies have been documented on the refuge. Visitors can take advantage of foot trails, and auto, tram and kayaking tours. The Visitor Center, paved parking lot and restrooms are at the entrance to the refuge (call for seasonal hours).

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22817 Ocelot Road, Los Fresnos, TX, USA

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