Friends of Padre

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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Texas Turtle Nest Update 6/28/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Via Dr. Donna Shaver

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

 

KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 248 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 

8 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, 2 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

1 Galveston Island

1 Padre Island National Seashore

 

GREEN TURTLE
So far this year, 2 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

1 North Padre Island north of Padre Island National Seashore

1 Padre Island National Seashore


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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Texas Turtle Nest Update 6/19/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Via Dr. Donna Shaver

 

Today, 1 loggerhead and 5 Kemp’s ridley nests were found in Texas, all at Padre Island National Seashore.

 

KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 242 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 

8 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

11 San Jose Island

14 Mustang Island

132 North Padre Island, including 119 at Padre Island National Seashore

57 South Padre Island

7 Boca Chica Beach 

 

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
So far this year, 2 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

1 Galveston Island

1 Padre Island National Seashore

 

GREEN TURTLE
So far this year, 1 nest has been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

1 North Padre Island north of Padre Island National Seashore


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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Texas Turtle Nest Update 6/05/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Via Dr. Donna Shaver

 

Today, 14 Kemp’s ridley nest were found in Texas, including 7 at Padre Island National Seashore, 5 on South Padre Island, 1 on North Padre Island north of Padre Island National Seashore, and 1 on Boca Chica Beach.

 

KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 220 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

0 Bolivar Peninsula

1 Galveston Island

1 Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 

8 Surfside Beach (area record)

1 Quintana Beach 

1 Bryan Beach 

1 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 

0 Sargent Beach 

6 Matagorda Peninsula 

0 Matagorda Island

11 San Jose Island

10 Mustang Island

120 North Padre Island, including 108 at Padre Island National Seashore

49 South Padre Island

5 Boca Chica Beach 

 

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
So far this year, 1 nest has been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

1 Galveston 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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Texas Turtle Nest Update 5/31/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Via Dr. Donna Shaver

 

Yesterday, 28 Kemp’s ridley nests were found in Texas, including 11 found at Padre Island National Seashore, 4 on South Padre Island, 3 on North Padre Island north of Padre Island National Seashore, 3 on Surfside Beach, 3 on Brazoria County north of Surfside, 2 on Mustang Island, 1 on Boca Chica Beach, and 1 on Quintana Beach.

 

KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 193 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

0 Bolivar Peninsula

0 Galveston Island

3 Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 

6 Surfside Beach 

1 Quintana Beach 

1 Bryan Beach 

1 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 

0 Sargent Beach 

5 Matagorda Peninsula 

0 Matagorda Island

5 San Jose Island

10 Mustang Island

110 North Padre Island, including 99 at Padre Island National Seashore

47 South Padre Island

4 Boca Chica Beach 

 

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
So far this year, 1 nest has been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

1 Galveston 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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Friends of Padre Donates Hi Def TV to Padre Island National Seashore Education Center

By Tyler Thorsen

  On Sunday May 20th after the video presentation of "The Life and Times of our founder, Billy Sandifer", Friends of Padre donated the Hi Def 70" TV to the Education Center at the Padre Island National Seashore. Left to right, F.O.P. board member - Troy Adler, Ranger William "Buzz" Botts - P.I.N.S Education Coordinator, F.O.P Vice President -Tyler Thorsen, F.O.P. President - Aaron Baxter, P.I.N.S. Superintendent - Mark Spier, and F.O.P. board member - Cody Moravits.

  Ranger Buzz told Friends of Padre the timing was perfect as their old video monitor "cratered". He added that it will be put to good use for showing educational programs and training videos in the conference room at the Malaquite Visitor's Center.

 

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Texas Sea Turtle Nest Update 5/25/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Courtesy Dr. Donna Shaver

Today, 1 loggerhead nest was found in Texas, on Galveston Island.

 

KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 148 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 

3 Surfside Beach 

0 Quintana Beach 

1 Bryan Beach 

1 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 

0 Sargent Beach 

3 Matagorda Peninsula 

0 Matagorda Island

5 San Jose Island

7 Mustang Island

86 North Padre Island, including 79 at Padre Island National Seashore

39 South Padre Island

3 Boca Chica Beach 

 

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
So far this year, 1 nest has been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

1 Galveston 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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Texas Turtle Nest Update 5/15/2018

By Tyler Thorsen

Courtesy of Dr. Donna Shaver

Yesterday, 1 Kemp’s ridley nest was found on the Texas coast at Padre Island National Seashore. 

KEMP'S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 97 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 

2 Surfside Beach 

0 Quintana Beach 

1 Bryan Beach 

0 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 

0 Sargent Beach 

1 Matagorda Peninsula 

0 Matagorda Island

3 San Jose Island

5 Mustang Island

53 North Padre Island, including 51 at Padre Island National Seashore

30 South Padre Island

2 Boca Chica Beach 

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