From the iconic Tamaulipan thornscrub where the elusive ocelot creeps, to coastal prairie where Aplomado Falcons soar, to the shores of the Laguna Madre Bay where thousands of migrating Redhead Ducks gorge on seagrasses during the winter, the diverse landscapes of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) provide a home for numerous species and is one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America. The Refuge is home to an incredible biodiversity with more than 450 species of plants, 415 documented species of birds, 130 butterfly, 45 mammals, 44 reptiles and amphibians and approximately 40 fish species. The Refuge also provides a place for the public to enjoy wildlife and open space, through wildlife watching, biking, hiking, photography, environmental education, and hunting. No wonder so many concerned people like you (nature lovers, conservationists, wildlife watchers, volunteers, birders, photographers, outdoor enthusiasts, ranchers, educators, anglers, hunters, businesses and more) have come together to support Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.


We meet our mission by focusing on three main issues:

  • Acquisition of south Texas lands for transfer to the Refuge
  • Restoration of Tamaulipan thornscrub habitat for ocelots and coastal prairie for Aplomado Falcons
  • Raising awareness of the Refuge through outreach and education, including the annual Ocelot Conservation Day held since 1997.



The mission of the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is to educate the public regarding the flora, fauna, and natural environment of the Refuge, through functions and educational events, promote public support for the Refuge by encouraging and organizing volunteer services, and solicit public donations for use in supporting, assisting, and enhancing ongoing conservation projects on the Refuge.

Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 
22688 Buena Vista Rd., Los Fresnos, TX 78566

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