Sunday, June 15, 2008

Padre Island National Seashore

My brother by choice and one of my nephews have been asking me to take them surf fishing for the last couple of years and we just never took the time to go. We have finally set a date and are in the planning stage of our trip. It takes a while to get everything together and remember all the little things you need. We will be going to Padre Island National Seashore which is one of my favorite wilderness areas to visit. I will let you know how we do on the fishing trip in another posting but this one I just want to tell you about the Island and why you should visit.
Padre Island National Seashore is one of the largest if not the largest unspoiled and undeveloped beach left in this country. The numbers of wildlife we see on every trip is just mind boggling. It is a place to bring binoculars and cameras as every mile brings something new. There are hundreds if not thousands of different birds. The shear numbers of shorebirds is amazing and we always see something we have never seen before. Every kind of seagull and tern, pelicans, cranes, plovers, avocets and hundreds I do not know the names. It is not unusual to see hawks, harriers and falcons. If you are lucky you may see a Peregrine or the endangered Aplomado falcon. I have seen coyotes, whitetail deer and Kemps Ridley sea turtles. Dolphins and even whales come in close enough to the beach to get pictures at times. We have come across rattlesnakes and other reptiles. There are all kinds of crabs and sea life at the waters edge. Take plenty of film or memory on your camera as I never seem to have enough.

Padre Island is truly a wildlife paradise that you can visit for the price of a $10.00 permit or $20.00 for the annual permit. Here is a link to the official website with more on the Island.
This wilderness area is one of those must see places to put on your bucket list.
Enjoy the sand, Wild Ed

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