• 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.

Texas Area Contacts to Report Nesting and Stranded Sea Turtles

Phone 1-866-TURTLE-5 or the Texas area contact nearest you:


Response Contact Information

Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island, Galveston Bay

NOAA Fisheries (Galveston Lab)

Lyndsey Howell/Ben Higgins

Tel. (409) 771-2872

Email: lyndsey.howell@noaa.gov


Matagorda Peninsula, Sargent Beach

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

Shane Kasson

Tel. (979) 964-3639

Email: shane_kasson@fws.gov


Matagorda Island

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Brad Strobel

Tel. (361) 286-3559 ext. 223

Email: brad_strobel@fws.gov


San Jose Island, Mustang Island, Corpus Christi Bay

UT - Marine Science Institute / Animal Rehabilitation Keep

Tony Amos

Tel. (361) 442-7638

Email: afamos@utexas.edu


North Padre Island, Upper Laguna Madre

Padre Island National Seashore

Texas Coordinator for the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network

Donna Shaver, PhD

Tel. (361) 949-8173 ext. 226

Email: donna_shaver@nps.gov


South Padre Island, Boca Chica, Lower Laguna Madre

(Nesting Turtles Only)

Sea Turtle, Inc.

Jeff George

Tel: (956) 761-4511

Email: seaturtleinc@yahoo.com


South Padre Island, Boca Chica, Lower Laguna Madre

(Stranded Turtles Only)

UT-Pan American, Coastal Studies Lab

Thomas Whelan

Tel. (956) 761-2644

Email: twhelan3@utpa.edu


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...