Museum offers lecture on whooping cranes
Whooping cranes
Whooping cranes in Texas marsh; photo by John Noll

The Museum of the Coastal Bend invites Crossroads residents who “give a whoop” about birds, birding or conservation to attend a lecture by Wade Harrell titled “Whooping Cranes on the Texas Coast and Beyond” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Admission is pay-what-you-want.

Texas is the winter home of whooping cranes which migrate between Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and Alberta, Canada, each year.

Harrell, whooping crane recovery coordinator at the wildlife refuge, will focus on the history of recovering whooping cranes – one of North America's most endangered birds – from the brink of extinction.

Harrell is a fifth-generation native Texan. He was born in Corpus Christi and spent his formative years exploring and fishing the marshes and beaches of the Gulf Coast and hunting in the thornscrub region of South Texas. These early experiences led to a great interest in wildlife conservation, and he has worked at ANWR since 2012.

“It’s thanks to the work of many dedicated Texans, and others, that whooping cranes are still alive today,” says Isabel Ray, curator of education at the museum. “We’re excited to share their story through the eyes of someone who works so closely with these beautiful birds.”

The presentation is part of the museum’s spring lecture series held monthly on Thursday evenings. It’s also part of the programming around the museum’s special exhibit, “Flights of Fancy: Birds & Birding in South Texas,” open now through Dec. 17, 2016.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on the corner of Red River and Ben Jordan streets on Victoria College’s Main Campus in Victoria. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and admission is pay-what-you-want.

To learn more about the “Flights of Fancy” exhibit and other museum programs, contact Ray at (361) 582 2559 or

Published: Thursday, 11 February 2016

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