It seems that many field trip ideas for Texas run you back down to the Gulf Coast and the seashore. This is another one but I have a pretty good interest in this one. It includes sea turtles! Well, sort of.
Padre Island National Seashore is part of the National Park Service. This part protects a large stretch of undeveloped shore line.
Within the borders of this park, you find a wide diversity of treasure to discover. Literally. There is are Spanish shipwrecks from the 1550s. These three shipwrecks are documents to have lost many lives, much treasure, and damaged the Spanish fleet extensively.
You will also find a nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Other sea turtles have historically nested here and are found here relatively often, it seems. This is probably the biggest reason I would like to visit this national park. I find the plight of sea turtles interesting and would love to visit their areas.
Another treasure you will find is the number of bird species here. There are over 380 different species of birds and this is a fabulous bird watching area. Located on the Central Flyway, many migratory birds stop over at Padre Island. The undeveloped habitat here also makes it a secure location for many non-migratory species.
These are just a few of the reasons that Padre Island has a pull for me. One day, we’ll make this the place we stay for our trip to the coast. Hopefully, we can schedule it during nesting season for the turtles or during one of the major migrations of a beautiful bird species.
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