Friends of Padre

Texas Turtle Nest Update 4/28/2017

By Tyler Thorsen

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 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

0 Bolivar Peninsula

2 Galveston Island

0 Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 

0 Surfside Beach 

0 Quintana Beach 

0 Bryan Beach 

0 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 

0 Sargent Beach 

1 Matagorda Peninsula 

0 Matagorda Island

1 San Jose Island

4 Mustang Island

1 North Padre Island north of Padre Island National Seashore

65 Padre Island National Seashore

23 South Padre Island

6 Boca Chica Beach 

 

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

 

GREEN SEA TURTLE
So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

 

Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Donna Shaver for further information.

 

Updates regarding nesting are also posted at the Padre Island National Seashore website:  https://www.nps.gov/pais/learn/nature/2017-nesting-season.htm

 

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Texas Turtle Nest Update 4/24/2017

By Tyler Thorsen

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 TURTLE
So far this year, 86 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

0 Bolivar Peninsula

2 Galveston Island

0 Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 

0 Surfside Beach 

0 Quintana Beach 

0 Bryan Beach 

0 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 

0 Sargent Beach 

0 Matagorda Peninsula 

0 Matagorda Island

1 San Jose Island

4 Mustang Island

1 North Padre Island north of Padre Island National Seashore

54 Padre Island National Seashore

21 South Padre Island

3 Boca Chica Beach 

 

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

 

GREEN SEA TURTLE
So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

 

Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Donna Shaver for further information.

 

Updates regarding nesting are also posted at the Padre Island National Seashore website:  https://www.nps.gov/pais/learn/nature/2017-nesting-season.htm

 

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

By Tyler Thorsen

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 the trash in front of the dunes just past the high tide line. Thanks to all who participated!

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Texas Turtle Nest Update 4/20/2017

By Tyler Thorsen

Via Dr. Donna Shaver

 

Today, 5 Kemp’s ridley nests were located on the Texas coast, at Padre Island National Seashore.

 

KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 10 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

0 Bolivar Peninsula

0 Galveston Island

0 Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 

0 Surfside Beach 

0 Quintana Beach 

0 Bryan Beach 

0 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 

0 Sargent Beach 

0 Matagorda Peninsula 

0 Matagorda Island

0 San Jose Island

1 Mustang Island

0 North Padre Island north of Padre Island National Seashore

6 Padre Island National Seashore

2 South Padre Island

1 Boca Chica Beach 

 

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

 

GREEN SEA TURTLE
So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

 

Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Donna Shaver for further information.

 

Updates regarding nesting are also posted at the Padre Island National Seashore website:  https://www.nps.gov/pais/learn/nature/2017-nesting-season.htm

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Friends of Padre Mile Adopt A Beach Cleanup 4/22/2017 10am

By Tyler Thorsen

Friends of Padre Mile Adopt A Beach Cleanup 4/22/2017 10am
Friends of Padre will be at the annual Spring Beach Cleanup on the mile we have adopted south of Bob Hall Pier. We will meet at the bowl about three miles south of Bob Hall Pier with the Burners without Borders Corpus Christi Chapter at 10am Saturday morning April 22nd. Several groups have adopted mile long sections on the 8 miles south of Bob Hall Pier. We will then head south and clean up our section from mile marker 292 to mile marker 302. It is the last mile that borders the northern part of the Padre Island National Seashore. Also feel free to take Park Rd 22 to the sticks entrance just before the National Seashore and head north about a mile up the beach to reach the area. The weather forecast looks great! See you out there!

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Texas Turtle Nest Update 4/18/2017

By Tyler Thorsen

Via Dr. Donna Shaver

 

Yesterday, a Kemp’s ridley nest was located on the Texas coast, on South Padre Island.

 

KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 5 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

0 Bolivar Peninsula

0 Galveston Island

0 Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 

0 Surfside Beach 

0 Quintana Beach 

0 Bryan Beach 

0 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 

0 Sargent Beach 

0 Matagorda Peninsula 

0 Matagorda Island

0 San Jose Island

1 Mustang Island

0 North Padre Island north of Padre Island National Seashore

1 Padre Island National Seashore

2 South Padre Island

1 Boca Chica Beach 

 

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

 

GREEN SEA TURTLE
So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

 

Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Donna Shaver for further information.

 

Updates regarding nesting are also posted at the Padre Island National Seashore website:  https://www.nps.gov/pais/learn/nature/2017-nesting-season.htm

 

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Donna J. Shaver, Ph.D.

Chief, Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, National Park Service, Padre Island National Seashore

Texas Coordinator, Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network

Telephone (361)949-8173, ext. 226; fax: (361)949-9134; pager (361)851-4255

E-mail: donna_shaver@nps.gov

http://www.nps.gov/pais/

Facebook: Padre Island NS Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery

 

Address for mail:

Padre Island National Seashore

P.O. Box 181300

Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300

 

Address for express mail services:

Padre Island National Seashore

20300 Park Road 22

Corpus Christi, TX 78418

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Turtle Nest Update 4/09/2017

By Tyler Thorsen

KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 2 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

0 Bolivar Peninsula

0 Galveston Island

0 Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 

0 Surfside Beach 

0 Quintana Beach 

0 Bryan Beach 

0 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 

0 Sargent Beach 

0 Matagorda Peninsula 

0 Matagorda Island

0 San Jose Island

0 Mustang Island

0 North Padre Island north of Padre Island National Seashore

1 Padre Island National Seashore

1 South Padre Island

0 Boca Chica Beach 

 

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

 

GREEN SEA TURTLE
So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

 

Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Donna Shaver for further information.

 

Updates regarding nesting are also posted at the Padre Island National Seashore website:  https://www.nps.gov/pais/learn/nature/2017-nesting-season.htm

 

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Friends of Padre Beach Report 3/16/2017

By Tyler Thorsen

Friends of Padre Beach Report 3/16/2017

Via Jennifer Merchant

 

Took a trip down PINS and the weather was beautiful.  On the way down there we noticed the water was brown and had plenty of sargassum in the water and on the shore.  Driving was good with a few questionable spots.  Once we got passed the 40 mile marker the water was trout green and blue.  Water clarity down south was a 9, with little seaweed.  There is still a bit of a washout at the 58 mile marker.  Waves were 3-4ft.  Tide was only coming close to the dunes around a couple spots.  Winds were about 15mph.  Not too many people down there for Spring Break.  We caught bullsharks, blacktip sharks, redfish and whiting.  Seen people catching bonnetheads, bluefish, and spanish mackerel.  Birds diving in the third gut.  Phytoplankton washed in Tuesday night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds Seen:

 

 

Caracara

 

 

Ring billed gull

 

 

Rudy turnstone

 

 

White tailed hawk

 

 

Curlew

 

 

Sanderling

 

 

Willet

 

 

Brown pelican

 

 

Double crested cormorant

 

 

Least tern

 

 

Royal tern

 

 

Sandwich tern

 

 

Herring gull

 

 

Laughing gull

 

 

Caspian tern

 

 

Blue heron

 

 

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