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27th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Cleanup 2022 

Please help us spread the word! The 27th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup is scheduled for Feb 26th. We ask volunteers to meet in the Malaquite Visitor's Center parking lot no later than 8:00 AM. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will have to perform the cleanup in a manner that reduces the chance of spreading COVID19. Like last year, we will NOT be able to provide rides to those without a 4 wheel drive vehicle. We ask that you arrive, clean, and leave with the same people for this event. We will also not be able to provide food/drinks so make sure to bring snacks and water for your vehicle. We will have commerative t-shirts available at the conclusion of the event. Please share this post to help us reach as many folks as possible. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate these unfamiliar waters to ultimately accomplish our goal of a cleaner beach.



Contact: Tyler Thorsen – Vice President - Friends of Padre for more information. Email: tthorsen@grandecom.net or 361 – 779 – 3044

 If you would like to make a donation in honor of Billy, you can click on the Paypal "Donate" button below or send a check to PO Box 18108 Corpus Christi, TX 78418.

Thank You!


 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 rugged, desolate stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 12,425 volunteers have removed 3,062,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.


Friends of Padre

Dr. Jen Brown's Gulf Podcast episode 3 "A Sense of Place"

Dr. Jen Brown highlights the history of the Friends of Padre and the 25th Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup. There's classic audio of Captain Billy that sure is nice to hear. Thank you, Dr. Brown! Dr. Jen Brown...

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Texas Turtle Nest Update 4/24/2020

On 23 April, 1 Kemp's ridley nest was located on the Texas coast, on San Jose Island.    Total numbers of nests found in Texas this year, by species and area, have been updated below.   KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE So far this year, 28 nests have...

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Dad is home for Father's Day 6/14/2019

For years the joke around most of Billy's younger friends and minions was that we always called him "Dad". Though he never had any kids of his own, Billy had many sons and daughters that loved him like a father,...

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