Texas Coastal Aquariums, Labs, and Preserves

Scientific institutions and conservation groups have come to the Texas coast over the years to build laboratories, preserves, rescues, and aquariums to study and protect the diverse wildlife. Many beach lovers want to educate themselves about how they can protect this beautiful area. Below find a list of those institutions where you can enjoy and educate yourself all about the coast.

Texas Sealife Center

Corpus Christi

Texas Sealife Center

Texas Sealife Center Recognized the need for support of wildlife on the coast where they are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of coastal and aquatic wildlife.

UT Rio Grande Valley Coastal Studies Laboratory

South Padre Island

UT Rio Grande Valley Coastal Studies Laboratory

Just part of what the lab studies include studying beach conditions along the coast, such as, water quality, harmful algal bloom, surf, weather, and fish report.. They also conduct tours by certified coastal naturalists, provide educational opportunities, and enhancing research.

Opening in 1980, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than 400 species of wildlife like the purple gallinules, great blue herons, spoonbills, and wood storks. The marshes and prairies create some of the richest environments on Earth. The refuge protects remnants of Texas' mostly salt marsh coast, freshwater sloughs and native bluestem prairie uplands.

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Los Fresnos

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

This refuge, encompassing 97,000+ acres is a bird-watching destination with more recorded species of birds than any other refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. A large population of ocelots calls the refuge home, making it the center for conservation and recovery efforts for this endangered cat. A portion of this refuge is open to the public with a 3 hour guided habitat tram tour which traverses coastal prairies.

Texas State Aquarium

Corpus Christi

Texas State Aquarium

The aquarium offers education from sandy environments and mangrove habitats to deep water animals like moon jellies and the giant octopi. Also learn about the Caribbean coral reefs, sharks that suffer from more than a little misinformation. The Saving Sharks exhibit shows the importance of these predators in the ocean.
In this most southern tip of Texas where four climates meet (temperature, desert, coastal, and sub tropical) have helped create 1200 plant species which supports a diversity of birds, wildlife, and butterflies. In 1979 the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge was created to protect the biodiversityl

 

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