The new Dunescape, a free walking trail that will enable visitors to see the importance of sand dunes, and will be located at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute campus, Cotter Avenue. Dunescape will feature an interpretive signage showing the benefits and importance of dune habitats, such as a wildlife haven and valuable protection from storms.
Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP) is funding the new Dunescape and a Sea-level Monitoring Program in Aransas Bay. "The sand dunes are often an overlooked resource and we are thrilled that there will be another Port Aransas venue for visitors to view our abundance of birds and wildlife at their finest," says Ann Vaughan, president and CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce.
Date: Spring 2017
Photo: Ecologist Katie Swanson, flags plant communities next to a long measuring tape on Mud Island in Aransas Bay to track how the plants are changing over time. New funding will help purchase equipment to augment this long‐term monitoring program. Credit: Jace Tunnell, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute.