• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • 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. 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.

Winter/Spring 2010 Bird Sightings

Go on a guided birding tour in the park!

The following list includes sightings made from January 1st through January 2nd:

(1) Brown pelican

(2) White pelican

(3) Snow goose

(4) Redhead

(5) Bufflehead

(6) Turkey vulture

(7) Northern harrier

(8) White-tailed hawk

(9) American kestrel

(10)Aplomado falcon

(11)Black-bellied plover


(13)Long-billed curlew

(14)Greater yellowlegs

(15)Lesser yellowlegs


(17)Ruddy turnstone

(18)Herring gull

(19)Ring-billed gull

(20)Laughing gulls

(21)Forster's tern

(22)Royal tern

(23)Caspian tern

(24)Great-tailed grackle

Did You Know?

The National Park Service arrowhead contains a white buffalo, an animal sacred to many native Americans.

Although Padre Nicolas Balli established the first permanent settlement on the island, the island was previously owned by his father and his grandfather, who obtained the original grant from the Spanish crown. More...