South Texas is known as one of the most popular birdwatching regions in the world. The mild dry winters and hot humid summers in this subtropical climate is perfect for attracting hundreds of species of migrating birds. Padre Island is a crucial first landfall for birds making the difficult cross-Gulf migration from Southern Mexico and northern Central America. Bird enthusiasts from around the world discover that our wetlands provide up-close viewing of spectacular wetland birds and migrating songbirds.
A program to re-establish a nesting beach for Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles on Padre Island was begun in 1978. In 1992, the first two turtles from the program returned to Padre Island beach to lay their eggs. The number of Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle nests on Padre Island has increased ever since with 28 being found in 2005. Park rangers at PINS are involved in an effort to help this endangered species. In the summer, visitors can witness the release of newborn turtles.
On September 2007, Corpus Christi, Texas wildlife officials found a record of 128 Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nests on Texas beaches, including 81 on North Padre Island (Padre Island National Seashore) and 4 on Mustang Island. Wildlife officials released 10,594 Kemp’s ridleys hatchlings along the Texas coast this year. The turtles are endangered due to shrimpers’ nets and they are popular in Mexico as boot material and food.
Please, Do not disturb the turtles.