• 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.


White-tailed Hawk-John Ewan, NPS vol

White-tailed Hawks, a Padre specialty, are often seen soaring above the grasslands and nest on the island in late winter.

Photo by John Ewan, NPS Volunteer.

With more bird species that any other city in the U.S., Corpus Christi has won the competition for being the "Birdiest City in America" for the past 10 years in a row. Needless to say, Padre Island National Seashore, located on 130,000 acres of undeveloped land, is an exceptional place for watching birds.

Redhead ducks take flight
Thousands of Redhead ducks take flight from a pond tucked away on the island.
Photo by John Ewan, NPS volunteer.

The best time to bird Padre Island National Seashore is either during early spring or during fall and winter, when thousands of birds either migrate through or spend the winter here.

Birding Tours

You never know what you may find when you join our volunteer birding guides on a tour of Padre - the magnificent grasslands, the beach filled with shorebirds, and the long, shallow, hypersaline lagoon of the Laguna Madre. Each habitat abounds with a rich variety of birds. Your guide will take you to some significant birding locations within these habitats, including one that would otherwise be inaccessible to the public. Bird tours are usually conducted from October through April each year. Tours are offered daily at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 pm, Monday-Saturday. One tour is also offered on Sunday at 9:30 am. A basic birding skills class, which shares interesting birding insights as well as an overview of equipment and optics, is offered at 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. Call the visitor center at (361)949-8068 for more details and further information.

Brown pelican flying

Now recovered and delisted, the Brown Pelican is a joy to watch diving after fish in the surf or coasting gracefully overhead.

Photo by John Ewan, NPS Volunteer.

After exploring and birding at Padre Island National Seashore, you may want to visit some other sites in the local area.

For information on birding in the Corpus Christi area, please follow this link.


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