News and Updates

"May 12th Turtle Release"

Updated: May 16, 2018

The ARK released 20 rehabilitated sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday morning, May 12th. The release was held at the Tony Amos Beach on Mustang Island at Marker 35 in Port Aransas, Texas.

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"Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas"
Posted: February 13, 2018

Despite the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey, the Whooping Crane Festival was held in Port Aransas on Feb 23-25 with it's headquarters in the Civic Center at 104 North Alister Street.

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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.

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"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

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"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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