Texas Turtle Nest Update 5/01/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Courtesy of Dr. Donna Shaver

That one nest North Padre Island was found on the stretch of beach that Friends of Padre adopted near marker 295!

Yesterday, 41 Kemp’s ridley nest was found on the Texas coast, including 22 at Padre Island National Seashore, 13 on South Padre Island, 2 on Boca Chica Beach, 2 on San Jose Island, 1 on North Padre Island north of Padre Island National Seashore, and 1 on Mustang Island.

So far this year, 50 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

2 San Jose Island

1 Mustang Island

26 North Padre Island, including 25 at Padre Island National Seashore

19 South Padre Island

2 Boca Chica Beach 



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 Do not cite or quote without permission.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: www.nps.gov/pais


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