Named for the river systems that flow into it, the Mission-Aransas reserve protects 185,708 acres of coastal prairie, oak motte, riparian freshwater, salt marsh habitat, tidal flats, seagrass beds, mangroves, and oyster reefs. The north side of the reserve is the winter home to the critically endangered whooping crane.
Reserve staff work to bring together scientists, landowners, policy-makers, and the public to ensure that coastal management decisions benefit flora and fauna, water quality, and people. The reserve addresses some of Texas’ most critical coastal resource issues, including allocation of freshwater inflows, accumulation of marine debris, and species migration patterns.
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