Friends of Padre

Friends of Padre Beach Report for 10/29/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Filed by Cody Moravits

Air Temp:        High - 80       Low - 62

Water Temp:   72

Waves: Flat calm building to 2 foot surf Monday afternoon

Wind: Light SE winds all day on Sunday increasing to 10-15mph by Monday afternoon

Weed: Some to moderate dead grass in the guts but still completely fishable

Driving: 5/10 at high tide and 8/10 on low tide

Mullet weren't observed in numbers until the SE wind kicked up a little and got the water moving back north. Fishermen reported slow fishing for the most part over the weekend with better catches of pompano being found on the northern end of the beach on shrimp/fishbites.

Long rod fishing on the south end resulted in mostly hardheads, a few nice whiting, one slot redfish and one pompano for dinner.

Fishing with live mullet only yielded blacktip and finetooth sharks in the 2-4 foot range. Driving was fine north of the 15mm but quickly got soft and bumpy once you hit the 20s. The worst part of the beach was between the 20-25mm.

Tides have fallen out by now so if driving at low tide be careful for washouts. Don't forget to slow down when driving by people's camps and pick up more trash than you bring out!

 

Birds observed:

 

Snow Goose

Cattle Egret

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Caracara

Northern Harrier

Great-tailed Grackle

White-tailed Hawk

Willet

Curlew

Reddish Egret

White Morph Reddish Egret

Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Sanderling

Brown Pelican

Rudy Turnstone

Laughing Gull

Herring Gull

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black Bellied Plover

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Friends of Padre Beach Report for 10/02/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Air temp: High 84* Low 76*
Water Temp: 83*
Waves: 2-4 feet
Mullet were observed the length of the beach with the most bait being on the south end. Water clarity was nice and green with a few areas of browner water in the 40s.

Sargassum was washing in along the majority of the beach with the worst area being the mid 40s, making long rod fishing difficult but not impossible. Driving is best at low tide however there are many washouts that need to be watched out for & the high road is soft from all the rains.

The tide has been coming up almost to the dunes at night so take that into account if camping overnight. Fishing was rather slow despite the large amounts of bait on the beach with anglers reporting catches of mainly ladyfish with the occasional slot red, small jacks, spanish mackerel, trout, and bluefish.



Peregrine Falcon
Caracara
White Tailed Hawk
Willet
Curlew
Cattle Egret
Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Rudy Turnstone
Reddish Egret
Snowy Egret
Franklin’s Gull
Laughing Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Common Tern
Marbled Godwit
Turkey Vulture
Black Bellied Plover
Piping Plover
Sanderling
Brown Pelican

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Texas Turtle Nest Update 8/08/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Via Dr. Donna Shaver and https://www.nps.gov/pais/learn/nature/current-nesting-season.htm
A nesting Kemp's ridley sea turtle on the beach at Padre Island.
A female Kemp's ridley sea turtle nesting on the beaches of Padre Island.

NPS photo.

Kemp's ridley nests found in Texas in 2018

Bolivar Peninsula 0
Galveston Island 3
Brazoria County, north of Surfside 1
Surfside Beach 9
Quintana Beach 1
Bryan Beach 1
Brazoria County, North of Sargent Beach 1
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 7
Matagorda Island 0
San Jose Island 12
Mustang Island 14
Corpus Christi Bay 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 13
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 123
South Padre Island 58
Boca Chica Beach 7
Total* 250
 
Disturbed sand and tracks left by a loggerhead sea turtle that nested on Padre Island.
This large disturbed area and tracks were made when a loggerhead sea turtle nested on Padre Island.

NPS Photo.

Loggerhead nests found in Texas in 2018

 

Galveston Island 1
Matagorda Peninsula 1
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 0
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 3
South Padre Island 0
Total* 5
* Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Dr. Donna Shaver for further information.
 
Tracks left on the beach by a nesting green sea turtle.
These tracks were left behind by a green sea turtle that nested on Padre Island.

NPS Photo.

Green nests found in Texas in 2018

 

North Padre Island, North of PAIS 1
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 3
South Padre Island 1
Total* 5
* Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Dr. Donna Shaver for further information.

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Friends of Padre Beach Report 8/03/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Friends of Padre Beach Report 8/03/2018

Seas early 1 to 2 feet with larger swells south of the 30 mile mark.

Driving was good until the 20's with lots of four wheel required during high tide. Rough spots continued all the way to the 41 mile mark where we turned around.

Water clarity was excellent with water temperatures in the low to mid 80's with no upwellings of cold water observed. Sargassum was light on the north end of Padre Island National Seashore and very scattered to south of the 20 mile mark.

We did notice lots of tar balls in scattered fashion the entire length of the beach and floating in the clear water. We will be contacting the Texas GLO to see if they are aware of the tar and will report back when we find out.

Here you can see the tar floating in the crystal clear water near the 30 mile mark.

Fishing was best early in the morning and later in the afternoon with stingray, ladyfish spanish mackerel, whiting, speckled trout and redfish reported.

Birds observed:

Great Blue Heron

Black Skimmer

Long-Billed Curlew

Sanderling

Ruddy Turnstone

Brown Pelican

Laughing Gull

Sandwich Tern

Black Tern

Caspian Tern

Royal Tern

Forster's Tern

Willet

White Ibis offshore low over the water

 

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Friends of Padre Beach Report 7/24/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Friends of Padre Beach Report 7/24/2018

FoP Report 7/24/2018

Cody Moravits

Waves: 2 foot in the morning calming to 1 foot or less in the afternoon

Water temp: 81 degrees F

Wind: 10-12 mph SW switching to light SE winds after 12pm

Driving: 6/10 Even though the beach is nice and wide there are a few soft spots above the ledges that have been forming around the water's edge which requires 4x4 on heavier trucks. Fishing was extremely slow with only whiting, hardheads, and bonnethead sharks caught and reported by other beachgoers.

Water was clear and cool the length of the beach but cleaner north of the 30.

           

Birds observed:

Great Blue Heron

Tricolor Heron

Little Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Black Skimmer

Long-Billed Curlew

Sanderling

Ruddy Turnstone

Brown Pelican

Laughing Gull

Sandwich Tern

Black Tern

Caspian Tern

Royal Tern

Forster's Tern

Least  Tern

Willet

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Texas Turtle Nest Update 7/20/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Via Dr. Donna Shaver

 

Today, 1 green turtle nest was recorded in Texas, at Padre Island National Seashore.

 

KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 249 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

0 Bolivar Peninsula

2 Galveston Island

1 Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 

9 Surfside Beach (area record)

1 Quintana Beach 

1 Bryan Beach 

1 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 

0 Sargent Beach 

7 Matagorda Peninsula 

0 Matagorda Island

12 San Jose Island

14 Mustang Island

136 North Padre Island, including 123 at Padre Island National Seashore

58 South Padre Island

7 Boca Chica Beach 

 

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
So far this year, 4 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

1 Galveston Island

1 Matagorda Peninsula

2 Padre Island National Seashore

 

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

1 North Padre Island north of Padre Island National Seashore

3 Padre Island National Seashore

1 South Padre Island


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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Ridley Rendezvous 7/14/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Friends of Padre participated in the first Ridley Rendezvous this past Saturday at the Malaquite Beach Visitor's Center to celebrate 40 years of sea turtle conservation.

 We gave information about conservation and the importance of keeping trash out of our oceans and our beaches.

Also featured was our shadowbox memorial to our founder Captain Billy Sandifer. We commissioned the Frame Up shop in Corpus Christi to do the work and Theresa did a wonderful job! Friends of Padre Secretary, Cody Moravits (R) and our friend and P.I.N.S. Education Coordinator William Buzz Botts (L) taking the memorial into the building where it will soon be on display.

 

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Padre Island National Seashore to Celebrate 40 years of Turtle Conservation

By Aaron Baxter

Staff from the National Seashore will host the first Ridley Rendezvous festival.

 

(Corpus Christi, Texas) - Superintendent Mark Spier announced today the staff at Padre Island National Seashore will host the first ever “Ridley Rendezvous” on  July 14, 2018.  The event celebrates the 40th year of successful collaboration of the bi-national, multiagency Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Restoration & Enhancement Project at Padre Island National Seashore.  Developed in the 1970’s, this pioneering conservation program worked to restore the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle when it was feared that it would go extinct within a few years unless immediate steps were taken. Four decades of work by both the U.S. and Mexico, helped to increase the Kemp’s ridley population although more work remains to be done. This milestone year celebrates the progress made towards recovery of this species. Dr. Donna Shaver, Chief of the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery states: “I am thrilled to celebrate this anniversary with representatives from the various agencies who have helped with these conservation efforts for decades. This progress could not have been made without all of these agencies working together to help study, protect, and restore the species.”

Friends of Padre and other conservation groups will also be on hand. We will be passing out Friends of Padre Bumper stickers and debuting a memorial display in honor of our late founder, Captain Billy Sandifer.

See you there!

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