South Padre Island is a natural beauty, and the area hosts several organizations dedicated to preserving and appreciating that beauty. See a wide variety of the local wildlife, from sea turtles to dolphins, to the hundreds of birds that call this area home. Learn about efforts being made to preserve these creatures and their habitats, and find a niche in which you can help, too.
Sea Turtle, Inc.
For more than three decades, this organization has been dedicated to rescuing and protecting sea turtles. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers are available for educational presentations, and you get to meet several rescued and recovering sea turtles! There are internship and volunteer opportunities for those interested, and you can even “adopt” and help fund help for a sea turtle or a nest. For more information, click here.
The South Padre Island Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center is devoted to the preservation of local wildlife, and offers visitors presentations on helping with these endeavors. At the Nature Center, there is a wide variety of marine life on display, and some even available for close-up interaction in the touch-tanks! By far the most popular attraction at this preservation center is the Dolphin Tours – don’t miss the chance to observe these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat!
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is a beautiful place at which to view many of the wonderful wildlife and plant-life native to the Gulf Coast. Take a birding tour, walk along the boardwalk to watch for migratory visitors and resident wildlife, and see the stunning flowers in the butterfly garden.
Laguna Madre Nature Trail
Get a first-class view of birds and wet-land wildlife on The Laguna Madre Nature Trail’s boardwalks, both of which were constructed with eco-conscience recycled material. The boardwalks offer several stopping-points with blinds specifically made to allow you an unobtrusive view of the animals.