Sea Turtle Media Coverage

A man interviews and films a National Park Ranger while they stand on the beach with the ocean in the background.
Dr. Shaver being filmed and interviewed after a public hatchling release.

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Sea turtle conservation and research efforts conducted at Padre Island National Seashore have received extensive media coverage since they began in the late 1970s.

Media coverage of hatchling sea turtle release
Sea turtle work conducted at Padre Island National Seashore receives widespread media attention.

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Media coverage has extended from local to international levels. The Division's conservation efforts have been reported by the New York Times, Washington Post, Discovery News, Dateline, Southern Living Magazine, Bark Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic, Texas Country Reporter, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department television series and magazine, Texas Highways Magazine, Texas Coop Magazine, Corpus Christi Caller Times, Houston Chronicle, National Parks Magazine, San Antonio Express News, Brownsville Herald, Voice of America News, and numerous others. Dr. Donna Shaver, Chief of the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, was featured as ABC World News Tonight's Person of the Week on July 29, 2005.

Follow these links to some recent media coverage of work conducted by the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at Padre Island National Seashore. The articles are grouped by years.

Please note that the National Park Service does not control and therefore cannot guarantee the relevance, timeliness, or accuracy of the materials provided by other agencies or organizations, nor does the NPS endorse other agencies or organizations, their views, products, or services.


Stranded sea turtle gets second chance at life thanks to recovery, rehabilitation team

Babies on board: Padre Island National Seashore reports multiple nesting sea turtle sightings (

A majority of Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle nests have been found at PINS

Dare to Imagine: Dr. Donna Shaver

The Gulf Podcast: The Riddle of the Ridley

Donna Shaver receives the Distinguished Texas Scientist Award

Link to Distinguished Texas Scientist Award Virtual Awards Ceremony (Texas Academy of Science membership may be needed to access this link)

Heightened patrols help protect sea turtles nesting on Padre Island

Rescuing Thousands of Sea Turtles in Texas (NOAA Fisheries)

Rescuing thousands of Sea Turtles in Texas (NOAA Fisheries Facebook Video)

Over 1,000 sea turtles return to the Gulf of Mexico following the deadly arctic blast

Releases begin after over 9,000 cold-stunned sea turtles were rescued last week (

Padre Island National Seashore officials ready to release hundreds of sea turtles on Tuesday

Cold-stunned sea turtle in Texas numbers updated

Nearly 5,000 sea turtles rescued from freezing waters on Texas island (

Thousands of Sea Turtles Rescued From Cold Gulf of Mexico - Videos from The Weather Channel (

Stunned by the Cold: Sea Turtles Are in Peril During the Frigid Winter Storm (Texas Highways)

Hundreds of turtles saved during cold stunning event in Corpus Christi

Historic cold-stunned sea turtle rescue event across Texas

Thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles found along Texas coast

Local Sea Turtle Expert Calls 'Cold-Stunning' Event the 'Largest' That's Been Documented in Texas (

Texas Cold Snap Leads To Catastrophic Stunning Of Sea Turtles (

Padre Island National Seashore needs your help spotting cold-stunned sea turtles (

Local man helps rescue cold-stunned sea turtles

The Big Freeze leads to discovery of 200 cold-stunned turtles

Sea turtle rescue plans for cold weather in Corpus Christi

Weather conditions limit cold-stunned sea turtle recovery along Texas coast

Texas coastal areas will be closed to fishing due to freeze

Texas State Aquarium, Padre Island National Seashore release turtles

Cold-stunned turtles on road to recovery after rescues

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi environmental team recovers cold-stunned sea turtles

PINS: Recent cold snap leads to 88 cold-stunned sea turtles


A Four-Day, 65-Mile Walk Along the Texas Coast

Coastal Development, Changing Climate Threaten Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat

A Summer Wrap-Up

Newswave Spring/Summer 2020 – Articles – Sea Turtle Research: Stewardship Mission Spans Gulf of Mexico; United States and Mexico Work Together to Save a Species; Rafaela Makes Third Migration to Nest! Satellite Tagging and Binational Collaboration; 40 Years Dedicated to Turtle Conservation!; Service to America Congratulations to NPS Scientist Dr. Donna J. Shaver!

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Need Protection

Eagle Scout Project Helps Endangered Sea Turtles

Sea Turtle Hero Announced as Finalist for Service to America Medal

Corpus Christi Turtle Expert Up for Award

Javelina Alumni Association Announces Distinguished Alumni, Rising Star Award Recipients

Dr. Donna Shaver Receives Letter of Commendation From City Leaders

COVID-19 Makes it Harder to Track Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles on Padre Island

Dr. Donna Shaver Nominated for a Sammies Award

Kemp’s Ridley Hatchling Release with Nick Meyer from Breakaway Tackle

Padre Island National Seashore Releases Another Wave of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

Rock the Park: Padre Island Sea Turtle Release (Filmed in 2016)

Nearly 30 Kemp’s Ridley Nests Found Tuesday Along Padre Island National Seashore

Sea Turtle Releases At Padre Island National Seashore This Summer Won’t Be Public

Padre Island National Seashore: First Kemp’s Ridley Nest in Texas Found Today

Sea Turtle Nesting Season in Corpus Christi Underway

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins on the Texas Coast

Recapture of a Lifetime

Texas Tag: Tracking Animals Offers Insight into Their Habits and Habitats

Defenders of Wildlife Magazine: The Long Game

Sea Turtle Meeting Sharing Reseach, Knowledge to Coastal Bend

2020 Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Conference Coming to Corpus Christi

Sea Turtle Network Meeting Coming to Corpus Christi for the First Time in Twenty Years

Influential Women of South Texas: Donna Shaver

Coastal Bend Beach Report: Volunteer to Help the Turtles


Dozens of Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Rescued from the Laguna Madre

Hundreds of “Cold-Stunned” Sea Turtles Rescued Off Texas Coast After Arctic Front

203 Sea Turtles Rescued in a Single Day Along Texas Coast

117 Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Revived and Released into Gulf Surf

Endangered Turtle Hatchlings Draw Crowds Along the Texas Coast

Texas Game Wardens Offer Reward for Information Regarding Six Killed Green Sea Turtles

The Daytripper - Sea Turtle Release, Padre Island Texas (Filmed in 2016)

Baby Sea Turtles Released at Padre Island National Seashore

11th Public Release of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Hatchlings

More Than 800 in Attendance for First Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Release of the Season

Kemp’s Ridley Turtle Releases Off to a Slow Start this Year

The First Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Hatchlings Release of 2019

Season’s First Nesting Sea Turtle Spotted Easter Sunday

Texas Sea Grant – Texas Shores (Volume 44, Number 1, Winter/Spring 2018/2019)

New Sea Turtle Research Center Coming to Texas A&M-Galveston

New Sea Turtle Research Center Coming to TAMUG

Work to Support Turtles Paints Picture of Inspiration

The Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Faces Shortfall of $600,000

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Spotted Nesting on Easter Sunday

TAMUK Students Visit Turtles at National Seashore-Feature

How We Adventured and Saw Baby Sea Turtles

Texas Coastal Flooding Strands About 100 Endangered Turtles

Padre Island National Seashore

Volunteers Patrol Texas Coast to Help Protect Rare Turtles

Around 100 Endangered Sea Turtles Stranded on the Coast of Texas After Storms

5 Must See Natural Landform Parks to Visit on National Park Service Day

The Best Free Winter Beach Camping

Happy Summer Solstice! Cheers to Our Sea Turtles


SeaWorld Helps Rescue Cold Stunned Sea Turtles

You Have a Rendezvous With Some Special Marine Friends

This is How South Texas Celebrated Ridley Rendezvous 2018

Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Nesting Count Reaches 110 on Corpus Christi Beaches; 200 Statewide

SCA Alumna and Sea Turtle Hero Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Someone to Know: Dr. Donna Shaver-Shaver Was a Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sea Turtle Society

Ultimate Sea Turtle Hero Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Waiting for a Baby Boom

Student Conservation Association- A Conversation with Dr. Donna Shaver, Saver of Sea Turtles

Nearly 400 Cold Stunned Turtles in Texas Released into Gulf

Teams Rescuing Cold-Stunned Turtles Along South Texas Coast

395 Cold Stunned Sea Turtles Released Back into Gulf of Mexico

Cold-Stunned Green Sea Turtles Released into Surf Near Corpus Christi After Treatment

“Cold-Stunned” Sea Turtles Releases Back into Gulf of Mexico

More Than 700 Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Treated and Released at Texas State Aquarium’s Wildlife Rescue and Recovery Center

Thousands of Cold Stunned Sea Turtles Reported Along Texas Coast

Travel: Corpus Christi Turtle Dancers|June 2018| TPW magazine


Snow Stuns 101 Sea Turtles in Corpus Christi

31 Sea Turtles Being Nursed Back to Health After South Texas Snowstorm

Ridley Ranger to the Rescue

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins on the Texas Coast

Padre Island Turtle Patrol Works to Save Rare Species

Record Breaking Year for Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Hatchlings

Endangered Sea Turtles Making Comeback on Texas Coast

Hatch and Release at Padre Island National Seashore

Cold Snap Causes 200 ‘Stunned’ Turtles to Wash Up on Texas Coastline


The Grand Sea Turtle Experiment on Padre Island

Texas’ Official Sea Turtle Far Below Historical Numbers

Watch: 79 Baby Sea Turtles Released at Padre Island National Seashore

Sleepless for Sea Turtles: Padre Island Scientist's Devotion Pays Off


Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) Head-Start and Reintroduction to Padre Island National Seashore, Texas

Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Dedicates Ullberg Park and Sculpture of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle to Honor Local Artist, Educate the Public about Endangered Species

Dr. Donna Shaver On World Ranger Day, Padre National Seashore & Turtle Conservation

Texas Highways: Out to Sea, Witness Sea Turtle Hatchlings' New Beginnings at Padre Island


After a Steep Decline, Signs of Hope for World’s Sea Turtles

Texas Releases More Than 50 Sea Turtles Treated for Cold-Stunning

PBS January 26-February 1, 2014, #2215- Texas Parks and Wildlife (Official)


Animal Tracking: Eye in the Sky – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official] Satellite Tracking of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles - Video

Caller Times - Donna Shaver Honored with NPS's Director's Award for Excellence


Home & Away Magazine: AAA - Texas Twosome

Flip the Turtle Returning Home to Gulf After Odyssey

Return of the Prodigal Turtle

Lost Kemp’s Ridley Turtle Swims from Gulf to Netherlands

ABC News - Kemp's Ridley Strands in Holland - Video

TPWD Passport to Texas - Sea Turtles in Trouble - Video

Science and the Sea - Stranded Turtles - Podcast

Houston Chronicle - Scientists Researching Effect of Oil Spill

Texas Monthly - Project Tracks Kemp's Ridleys Across Gulf of Mexico

San Antonio Express- Baby Turtles May Hold Clues to Oil Spill Damage


Texas Aggie Magazine - Time for Turtles

Texas Monthly - Rescuing Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles

KSAT Video with Great Underwater Footage - July 7, 2011

Cold Turtles: Rescued and Headed Back to the Gulf (Houston Press)

Cold-stunned Sea Turtle Rescue on Texas Coast 2011


The Turtles' Midwife

Saving the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle (Texas Parks and Wildlife)

Larry Batson's Wild World Welcomes Guest Donna Shaver


Ridleys Believe it or Not! Sea Turtles in Texas

Stout Nose Cracks This Shell Game

Ranger Ridley (Bark Magazine)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species Bulletin - A Brighter Future for the Kemp's Ridley


Death of Endangered Turtle Signals Need for Vigilance on Texas Beaches

New York Times - Rare Beach Nesting for Turtle


Record Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Nests Found This Year

Dash of the Tiny Turtles

New York Times - The Season for Sea Turtles

Kemp's Ridley Getting Help With Comeback

Volunteers Play Role in Saving Endangered Turtles


Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Return to Texas Coast

Hatching Hope


ABC World News Person of the Week: Donna Shaver

Help Save the Turtles

450 Sea Turtles Released into Gulf of Mexico


Last updated: June 1, 2021

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