• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • BIB Campground Rehabilitation begins March 17, 2014

    A project to repair the facilities and rebuild the eroded shoreline in the Bird Island Basin Campground will begin March 17, 2014. Minor disruptions in the immediate area may occur. Please note that none of the work should affect the use of the boat ramp.

  • North Beach is open, South Beach will open at 8 am 4/5/2014

    The oil-covered materials on the beach have been removed, and clean-up is nearly complete. The North Beach portion of the park is open to driving as of 11:50 am on 4/4/2014. The South Beach portion will open to driving at 8 am on 4/5/2014.

Mudflat Fiddler Crab

Mudflat Fiddler Crab

Smithsonian Institute

Fiddler Crabs can be found from the Gulf of Mexico to South America. These crabs are found most often in soft sand or mudflats, near salt marshes. They will feed on algae, bacteria, fungus and detritus (dead and decaying plant and animal matter). The male has one large and one small claw, but the size of the female claws are equal. The male uses this enlarged claw in an unusual mating ritual during which he positions himself beside a small burrow that he has dug, and moves the claw back and forth (in a fiddling motion) to attract a female. If a female comes close by, the male will then tap the ground with his claw. If receptive, the female will then enter the burrow where they will mate. Their burrows also provide shelter from predators such as herons, egrets and raccoons.

Did You Know?

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Beaches in Texas are considered public highways and therefore all vehicles on them must be street-legal and licensed. More...