Kayaking and Canoeing
Canoeing and kayaking in the salt water of the open ocean or the Laguna Madre gives visitors a unique view of and way of exploring Padre Island National Seashore. The Laguna Madres, with its protected areas and shallow waters, is perfect for beginner paddlers and seasoned paddlers alike. Sea kayaking also provides unique fishing opportunities, however, is can also be difficult.
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Corpus Christi has won the award for "Birdiest City in America" for 10 years in a row for having more bird speicies than any other city in the country. With this being said, it's no wonder that Padre Island is a spectacular place for birdwatching with its 130,000 acres of undeveloped land. Early spring or fall and winter are the best times to go birdwatching at the Padre Island National Seashore. This is when thousands of birds migrate through the park or stay for the winter.
Since long before Padre Island became a national seashore, fishing has been one of its biggest attractions. Fishing is allowed in the Laguna Madre, Bird Island Basin, Yarborough Pass, and the entire length of the Gulf of Mexico beach.
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The world's longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island exists at the Padre Island National Seashore. Other ecoysystems are present on the island in addition to the protected coastline, such as rare coastal prairie, wind tidal flats that are full of life, a dynamic and complex dune system, and the hypersaline lagoon environment of the Laguna Madre. Several rare, threatened, and endangered species of terrestrial and marine animals and plants call the Padre Island National Seashore and surrounding waters home.
Among the most popular and iconic animal species found at the Padre Island are sea turtles. Five different sea turtles species live, travel through, or nest at Padre Island. These species include Kemp's ridley sea turtles, loggerhead sea turtles, green sea turtles, hawksbill sea turtles, and leatherback sea turtles. All five species are endangered or threatened species. Nests of five sea turtle species can only be found in Texas on Padre Island. The Padre Island National Seashore's Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery is the only one of its kind in existence in the National Park Service. This division works to protect and monitor the sea turtles. The public is allowed to come watch baby sea turtles make their way to the Gulf of Mexico after hatching when possible.
Junior Ranger Program
The Padre Island National Seashore's Junior Ranger Program provides a unique opportunity for kids to become a Junior Ranger. Although the program is designed for children ages give to thirteen, all ages are welcome to participate. Kids participating in the Junior Ranger program can use the free booklet that is provided to them to find out what makes Padre Island so special, as well as the park's history, animals, and plants. As part of the program, a park ranger reviews the booklet, then swears in the participant as an official National Park Service Junior Ranger. The Junior Ranger is given a certificate and a badge upon completion of the booklet. They can also receive an additional badge by helping with a beach clean-up.
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