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28th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Cleanup 2023 Results are in!

 The official numbers are in and the 2023 event was the best ever! Thanks to our 2500 volunteers we were able to remove 40 tons of trash and cleaned 32 miles of beach from the 18 mile mark to the 50 mile mark. Thanks to all of our sponsors and all of you that came out and absolutely delivered!

Captain Billy Sandifer 6/11/1947 - 3/31/2018 "Life's a hoot. Get you some of it!"

Contact: Tyler Thorsen – Vice President - Friends of Padre for more information. Email: tylerthor44@gmail.com or 361 – 779 – 3044

 If you would like to make a donation in honor of Billy, you can click on the Paypal "Donate" button below or send a check to PO Box 18108 Corpus Christi, TX 78418.

Thank You!


 The primary function of Friends of Padre is to fund and organize the annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup in perpetuity. Beginning in 1995, the Big Shell Beach Cleanup occurs once a year in the Big Shell portion of the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). Each year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate a Saturday to removing trash from this rugged, desolate stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 15,425 volunteers have removed 3,202,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.


Friends of Padre

28th Annual Cleanup Sets New Records!

Thanks to all of you who made this possible - the sponsors, the volunteers, the National Park Service personnel, and our Friends of Padre team. We had to wait until all of the roll off dumpsters were weighed before calling...

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Dr. Jen Brown's Gulf Podcast episode 3 "A Sense of Place"

Dr. Jen Brown highlights the history of the Friends of Padre and the 25th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup. There's classic audio of Captain Billy that sure is nice to hear. Thank you, Dr. Brown! Dr. Jen Brown...

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Texas Turtle Nest Update 4/24/2020

On 23 April, 1 Kemp's ridley nest was located on the Texas coast, on San Jose Island.    Total numbers of nests found in Texas this year, by species and area, have been updated below.   KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE So far this year, 28 nests have...

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