Winter Texan Appreciation Day Was A Huge Success!
by Christine Donald
published March 2017

Saturday, February 18th was a busy day at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge (SANWR) in Alamo, Texas. The occassion was our Annual Winter Texan Appreciation Day and over 800 folks attended making it one of our most successful ever.

Every year, on the 3rd Saturday in February, SANWR says "Thank You" to all of our Winter Texan supporters by hosting this special event. Refuge visitors had a fun day enjoying the bird walks, nature walks, tram tours, and an exhibit table with furs.

Appetites were satisfied with sweet breads in the morning along with sandwiches, popcorn, cakes, crackers and cheese, sausage, fruit and vegetable trays, coffee, and tea throughout the day. This special day of fun is our way of showing our appreciation for those Winter Texans who donate their time by volunteering their time and energy at parks like Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. These volunteers are a critical part of helping the refuge run smoothly during peak season. We are also appreciative of those who support the refuge by participating in the monthly activities like tram tours from November-April, daily bird walks from January-March, nature tours, special talks, van tours, special events, and more.

Despite the fact that we lost power at the refuge on this busy day, everyone had a great time enjoying the events, tours, exhibits and treats. Thank goodness for generators!

We look forward to next year's event on February 17, 2018 and hope to see all of you again. Remember to bring your friends along!