• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • Sobriety checkpoint Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Law Enforcement officers at Padre Island National Seashore will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint Saturday, August 23, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance. The purpose of the checkpoint is to detect and apprehend alcohol and drug impaired drivers.

  • Fee Free Day at Padre Island National Seashore, August 25th, 2014

    Monday August 25, 2014 is National Park Service Founders Day and Superintendent Mark Spier invites the public to help us celebrate our 98th birthday by coming out and enjoying the day at Padre Island National Seashore. Park entry will be free on that day.

  • Park Phone issues

    The visitor center main phone line and fax line are not working. To reach the park visitor center, call (361) 949-8069 or (361) 949-4793. Fax to (361) 949-7091, Attention: Visitor Center. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Bird Island Basin Campground rehabilitation starts August 18, 2014

    The second part of a project to repair facilities and rebuild eroded shoreline at Bird Island Basin Campground begins August 18. Minor disruptions of activities in the immediate area may occur. None of the work should affect use of the boat ramp.

All About Birds

Wings are one feature that all birds have in common, but each individual species has distinct behaviors or attributes that make them unique. From the frigid South Pole to the brambling shrubs that thrive in some of the world’s hottest deserts, birds have adapted to survive. Some swim for their food, while others catch their prey in flight or even probe for food hiding underground. No matter the circumstance that Mother Nature may throw their way, birds are survivors!

 
bills galore
 

Birds have many different types of beaks and each beak shape is designed for eating a certain type of food. They can be hooked, short and heavy, or long and pointy. They use their beaks to get food and drink water. Birds also use their beaks to preen, collect nesting materials, scratch, and feed their young.

 
bird feet
 
Birds use their feet for defense, carrying things, perching, or combing feathers. Most birds have three toes facing forwards and one toe facing backwards. Special tendons in the feet help keep birds' feet clasped, allowing them to rest on telephone wires, branches, and other seemingly precarious sites. The structure of a bird's feet helps to determine where the bird finds its food and how it moves around those environments. Looking at the feet in the picture above, can you guess where each of these birds might hunt or forage for food?

Did You Know?

A Kemp's ridley returns to the Gulf with a radio transmitter so that her travels outside of nesting season can be tracked.

Kemp's ridley sea turtles are both the smallest and the most endangered sea turtles in the world. Padre Island National Seashore is one of only a few places in the world where Kemp's ridley sea turtles come to nest. More...