|Aransas National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Wetlands at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge looking out from the 40 ft observation tower.
|Location||Aransas, Calhoun, Refugio counties, Texas, United States|
|Nearest city||Austwell, Texas|
ARANSAS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Latitude and Longitude:
|Area||114,657 acres (464.00 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Aransas National Wildlife Refuge|
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a 114,657 acre (464 km2)  protected area situated on the southwest side of San Antonio Bay along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. state of Texas. It is located in parts of Aransas, Refugio, and Calhoun counties. The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge was established by Executive Order 7784 on 31 December 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the Aransas Migratory Waterfowl Refuge as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. Roosevelt issued a proclamation in 1940 changing the name to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. 
In October 1938, Civilian Conservation Corps Company 880 established camp south of Austwell, Texas. They built roads, ditches, firebreaks, and the residence facilities for the refuge. They constructed part of the spillway for Burgentine Lake, which serves as a major resting area for migratory waterfowl. They also graded the road to Austwell. 
- McNulty, Faith, The Wildlife Stories of Faith McNulty, Chap.6 "The Whooping Crane" (pages 121-309), Doubleday 1980 (Chap. 6 was originally published as a book of the same title by E.P. Dutton in 1966). Much of her account deals with the work of Robert Porter Allen.
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- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: official Aransas National Wildlife Refuge website
- Wildtexas.com: Review of Aransas NWR
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