Laguna Atascosa celebrates 70th anniversary

Special to the PRESS

Established in 1946, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge has been providing habitat for wildlife for 70 years!  On March 26 the refuge will celebrate its anniversary and all visitors will enjoy free entrance.  From 10 am to 4 pm kids’ activities and ranger talks will be offered.  From 8 am to 11 am there will be a bird banding demonstration.

The refuge was established in 1946 to provide habitat for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds, including redhead ducks. Over 80% of the redheads in North America winter on the lower Laguna Madre.  Today, the refuge’s mission has an expanded emphasis that includes endangered species conservation and management for shorebirds. The refuge is a premiere bird-watching destination with more recorded species of birds than any other refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge is also home to one of the two remaining populations of ocelots in the United States.

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