Get your binoculars and checklists ready! The Coastal Bend is the only spot in the United States where the last naturally occurring population of endangered Whooping Cranes can be viewed at close range, and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce celebrates this natural wonder with an annual festival honoring these grand birds. In addition, an awesome array of wintering migratory birds flock into the wetlands and onto the Texas shorelines of Mustang Island. A series of birding tours by land and sea are highlights during the festival, along with speakers, photography workshops and more. Make your plans to attend the next Whooping Crane Festival, February 22-25, 2018.