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.
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.
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.