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International Learning

International Learning

Earlier this spring Jace Tunnell, Director of the Mission-Aransas Reserve, helped 5th grade students from Shenzhen, China at BASIS International Shenzhen learn about environmental change processes occurring in estuaries. Earlier this spring, Jace Tunnell helped 5th grade students from Shenzhen, China at...
Working Together for Wetlands

Working Together for Wetlands

Students from the Fulton Learning Center stand eye to eye with a Whooping Crane at the Bay Education Center. Photo credit: Martha McLeod.In an environmental educator’s ideal world, more students would participate in mission-targeted, reserve field experiences that support what their...
NERRd’s Unite!

NERRd’s Unite!

Each year the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, which is comprised of 28 Reserves from all around the country, meet up in the fall, and typically at a different Reserve year to year. In mid-November this year we had our meeting...
Breaking Trail on the New Dunescape

Breaking Trail on the New Dunescape

Construction of the trails for the new “Dunescape” began last week. This project will restore about two acres of dune habitat, and provide the public access and education on the importance of dune habitats on our local barrier islands, such as...
It's Monarch Madness!

It's Monarch Madness!

Trinity Morgan, a 5th grader from Seadrift Elementary, leads the flock of Whopping Cranes in a mock migration. Trinity and here classmates were participating in Monarch Madness, an annual event hosted by Fennessey Ranch and many partners. REFUGIO, Texas – This...
Science and Art Collide in a Unique Contest

Science and Art Collide in a Unique Contest

Flour Bluff Intermediate school students competed in the Trash to Treasure contest in categories of Dia de los Muertos and Creative. The goal of the project was to teach children about the impacts of marine debris. The winning sculptures will be...
Lending Whoopers a Helping Hand

Lending Whoopers a Helping Hand

This is the fifth annual volunteer clean-up of the Refuge shoreline. Photo credit: Nancy Arnold, Rockport Birding and Kayak Adventures.This past Saturday, over 30 volunteers participated in the Annual Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up. They help rid the shoreline and the...
A Decade of Research and Inspiration

A Decade of Research and Inspiration

Festival participants hunt for mud crabs among oysters at the National Estuaries Day festival and the Mission-Aransas Reserve's 10-year anniversary. This past Saturday, the Mission-Aransas Reserve celebrated its 10th anniversary on National Estuaries Day. The event was commemorated with a festival...
Teachers on the Estuary

Teachers on the Estuary

Katie Swanson, Stewardship Coordinator, talks to teachers Tammy Ladner and Liz Abel about the Reserve's marine debris monitoring program. Photo credit: Amanda Taylor.This summer, the University of Texas Marine Science Institute presented Teachers on the Estuary professional development workshops for 42...
Blue Carbon in Our Own Backyard

Blue Carbon in Our Own Backyard

Workshop participants learned about wetlands and how the carbon stored here is being used in the carbon market and GHG offset credits. Credit: Jace Tunnell, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. PORT ARANSAS, Texas – Did you know that the...
Visitors Get Excited about Estuaries

Visitors Get Excited about Estuaries

This past Saturday was National Estuaries Day, an event that is celebrated throughout the United States. We are fortunate to have our very own [Mission-Aransas] National Estuarine Research Reserve located right here to help celebrate and commemorate what special places our...
Mission-Aransas Reserve wins big in Estuarine Photo Contest

Mission-Aransas Reserve wins big in Estuarine Photo Contest

Texas estuaries are beautiful and the Mission-Aransas Reserve Director, Jace Tunnell, captured some of the beauty in images that were awarded winners and honorable mentions in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2015 Estuary Photo Contest. There were over 130 submissions...
Mission-Aransas Reserve has a new website

Mission-Aransas Reserve has a new website

The Mission-Aransas Reserve has revamped their website: www.missionaransas.orgAccess data, watch videos of facilities and programs, stay up to speed on the latest events, and checkout the facebook feed on the homepage. Enjoy!