News and Updates

"Stunned Sea Turtles"

Posted: February 20, 2021

 A recent press release from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute reported that the severe winter weather and recent freezing temperatures are causing many sea turtles in the bays to become stunned by the cold.

Andrew Orgill of the ARK rescued
this cold stunned sea turtle.

Volunteers from the ARK, along with members of other rescue organizations, are working to rescue, house, and rehabilitate these endangered turtles.

As of February 21st, 1143 and counting cold stunned sea turtles have been taken in at the ARK and more are on the way!


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"Virtual Turtle Release"

Updated: June 17, 2020

To celebrate World Turtle Day, the ARK conducted a virtual turtle release on Friday, May 22 that was streamed live on Facebook. The rehabilitated sea turtles were released into the Gulf of Mexico.

Click this link to view the ARK event on Facebook.


"Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Nest"

Posted: May 18, 2020

Tracks in the sand lead to a recently discovered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nest.

Click the photo or this link to view the video on Facebook showing the removal of sea turtle eggs in this beachcombing episode video.


"Turtle Release"
Updated: May 12, 2020

The ARK released rehabilitated sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday morning, March 7th. The release was held at the Tony Amos Beach on Mustang Island at Marker 35 in Port Aransas, Texas.

For more information, click this link to visit the ARK Facebook posts.


"Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas"
Updated: May 12, 2020

Friends of the ARK reserved a booth at the Whooping Crane Festival which was held February 21-23 at the Civic Center in Port Aransas at 104 North Alister Street.

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"Spring for the ARK 2020"
Updated: May 12, 2020

Spring for the ARK, our annual fundraiser, was held Saturday May 30, 2020 at the Civic Center in Port Aransas at 104 North Alister Street. Call 361-332-6361 for more information..


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"Hurricane Harvey Damage and Cleanup"
Posted: October 6, 2017

The good news is 100% survival rate for the ARK for both birds (40) and turtles (60)!

The buildings were damaged and the cleanup continues with the help of volunteers and generous donations.

For more information, click this link to visit the ARK Facebook posts.


"Farewell Service for Tony Amos"
Posted: October 1, 2017

On Saturday, September 30th a service was held for the late Tony Amos. Tony Amos died on September 4th of complications associated with his pancreatic cancer.

Included in the service was the release of a green sea turtle from the ARK carrying Tony's ashes on its back, along with farewell words and memories from Tony's family and close friends.

Tony's Farewell Service - September 30th

For more information, click this link to visit the ARK Facebook posts.


"Tony Amos 80th Birthday Party"
Updated: August 22, 2017

What a success! Our thanks to all of you who joined us for this special occasion! Your gift to the endowment fund is greatly appreciated.

Time: 7:00 pm.

Honorary Chairmen: Lee, Ed and Sid Bass
Keynote Speaker: Carter Smith, Executive Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife
Underwriter: Bobby Patton

Tony's 80th birthday was celebrated in grand style with a stirring tribute by keynote speaker Carter Smith, classic storytelling by Tony, music by The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, and a fabulous formal catered dinner.

All proceeds go to the Anthony F. Amos Endowment for the ARK

Click here to view/print the flyer if you would like a keepsake of this event.

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