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The 2024 Festival

February 22–25, 2024

Each year since 1996, the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas has celebrated the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. In 2024, the festival is back and ready to celebrate its 27th anniversary!

The four-day event will feature renowned speakers, birding trips, boating trips, nature tours, photography workshops, a trade show, and much more.


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A pair of whooping cranes walk together through marshA whooping crane walks by the camera, behind some brushA lone white whooping crane stands in a marsh


Whoop it up!

Every winter, Whooping Cranes make the long journey from northwestern Canada and central Wisconsin to winter along the Gulf Coast of Texas and a few other southeastern parts of the United States. Standing five feet tall and boasting a wingspan of 7.5 feet, they are quite a majestic sight. Nearing extinction in 1942, there were less than 25 Whooping Cranes in the world. Named after their “whooping” sound, an estimated 536 Whooping Cranes wintered in Texas in 2022 and 2023 returning to their favorite warm vacation spot every year. After an interesting courtship dance and a distinct duet, Whooping Cranes settle down with their partner and mate for life. Port Aransas is a winter spot for a family of Whoopers that can be seen in the marshlands of the Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture or at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center snatching up blue crabs or other crustaceans and small fish.

Enjoy all things Whooping Crane at this year's festival. Enjoy tours, lectures, and workshops that will immerse you in new experiences involving these amazing birds.

Click here for the 2024 Whooping Crane Festival Schedule.



Book Your Festival Stay

Need A Place To Stay? Check Out These Host Hotels!

These host hotels have generously donated rooms to the Whooping Crane Festival that have made it possible for so many esteemed speakers and guides to come to Port Aransas for the festival. We are grateful for their support, and highly recommend you consider staying with them during Whooping Crane Festival or anytime you come stay in Port A!


Thank You To The 2024 Whooping Crane Festival Sponsors!

Blue, green, and purple logo reads "Port Aransas Art Center, Art & Education, Island Style."                                           King Ranch Est. 1853 LogoBlack and white logo reading "vacasa, vacation home management." The logo drawing is an outline of a home                                                        Blue logo on white background reads "Port Corpus Christi"

      A white "V" graphic on a black background. Underneath, in white, it reads "Vortex."                                                               Black text reads "Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies" to the right of the TAMUCC logo

    A blue logo on a white background reads "International Crane Foundation" and has a line drawing of a crane landing                                                        Black logo on white background reads "Swarovski Optik" and shows a line drawing of a bird.

  A purple logo reads "Aransas Princess." Between the two words is a purple and yellow sea shell.                                               DallasZooLogoOrange, blue, and white seal reading "The University of Texas Marine Science Institute."                                                                       City-of-Port-Aransas

                                                              Black text on white background reads "See them. Save them." Underneath is a small green emblem with the words Houston Zoo next to it in black

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Becker Vineyards

Texas Parks & Wildlife

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