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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 10-mile stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 7350 volunteers have removed 2,556,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.


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Texas Turtle Nest Update 4/28/2017

Via Dr. Donna Shaver   Today,8 Kemp’s ridleys nests were found in Texas, including 6 at Padre Island National Seashore, 1 on South Padre Island, and 1 on Boca Chica Beach.   KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE So far this year, 103...

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Texas Turtle Nest Update 4/24/2017

Yesterday, 30 Kemp’s ridley nests were located on the Texas coast, including 19 at Padre Island National Seashore, 5 on South Padre Island, 2 on Boca Chica Beach, 2 on Galveston Island, and 2 on Mustang Island.   KEMP'S RIDLEY...

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Spring Adopt a Beach Cleanup with Burners without Borders Corpus Christi 4/22/2017

Patrick Brown of Burners without Borders Corpus Christi reports that 150 volunteers cleaned up all 7 miles with a total garbage count of 3880lbs!  Our Friends of Padre mile - markers 292 to 302, was surprisingly clean with most of...

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