Padre Island

National Seashore

What is Padre Island National Seashore?

It is basically a long stretch island that is protected by government; it is teeming with life with 380 different species of birds living there. It is also part of a global effort to recover and protect sea turtles, an endangered species.
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Directions to Padre Island Seashore

1. Head west on E Camden St toward N Sycamore St

0.2 mi

2. Turn left onto N Queen St

0.5 mi

3. Turn right onto W Oak St

1.3 mi

4. Turn left onto W Palestine Ave

0.1 mi

5. Continue onto US-79 S/​US-84 W/​W Oak St

Continue to follow US-79 S/​US-84 W

11.6 mi

6. Slight left onto US-79 S (signs for Buffalo)

30.1 mi

7. Turn right toward FM39 S

427 ft

8. Sharp right onto FM39 S (signs for Farm-To-Market Road 39 S)

23.2 mi

9. Turn right onto County Line Rd/​Old San Antonio Rd/​Texas Osr W

Continue to follow Old San Antonio Rd/​Texas Osr W

37.5 mi

10. Turn right onto TX-21 W

36.6 mi

11. Take the U.S. 77 S ramp to Giddings

0.2 mi

12. Turn left onto US-77 S/​S Hwy 77

62.8 mi

13. Turn right onto E 4th St

0.3 mi

14. Continue onto Fairwinds St

0.4 mi

15. Turn left onto US-77 S

40.1 mi

16. Turn right onto Zac Lentz Pkwy

0.2 mi

17. Take the US-77 S ramp on the left

0.2 mi

18. Merge onto U.S. Hwy 77

7.0 mi

19. Continue straight onto Beck Rd W

2.7 mi

20. Keep left to continue toward US-59 N

0.4 mi

21. Continue straight onto US-59 N

3.4 mi

22. Take the US-77 exit toward Refugio/​Corpus Christi

0.2 mi

23. Slight left toward US-77 S

0.4 mi

24. Continue straight onto US-77 S

35.8 mi

25. Turn left onto Farm to Market Rd 774/​E Empresario St

0.6 mi

26. Continue onto Farm to Market 774

0.9 mi

27. Turn right onto Farm to Market Rd 2678

9.6 mi

28. Continue onto Farm to Market 136 S

17.8 mi

29. Turn right to merge onto TX-35 S

2.8 mi

30. Continue onto US-181 S

9.5 mi

31. Continue onto I-37 N (signs for TX-286)

0.6 mi

32. Take exit 1C on the left to merge onto TX-286 S/​Crosstown Expy

4.4 mi

33. Take the exit toward TX-358 W/​Nas-Ccad/​Padre Island

0.1 mi

34. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for TX-358 E/​Nas-Ccad/​Padre Island and merge onto TX-358 E

10.0 mi

35. Continue onto John F Kennedy Memorial Causeway (signs for Park Rd 22/​Padre Island)

5.0 mi

36. Continue straight onto S Padre Island Dr/​Park Road 22

Continue to follow Park Road 22

15.7 mi

37. Turn left

331 ft

38. Turn right

The Island's Biome

According to the National Park Service, the island's biome praire/grasslands. On the side facing the Gulf coast, the beach composes of white sand and is less than a hundred feets deep. Bordering the beach is a narrow dune ridge running throughout the entire island. Sometimes a natural or unnatural forces create a breache in the ridge, causing "blow out" dunes which flies across the island until it becomes vegetated.From these blowouts, dune fields form.

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Ecological Things

Average Rainfall: 37 inches.
There periods of heavy rain and periods of drought.

Most of pollution comes from plastic and styrofom that washes up onto the beach by waves.
Shows accurate detail of life and sequences of barrier island: Accretionary (Building), Equilibrium (Stable), and Erosion. Examples are like this: Equilibrium (northern half), erosion (southern half).

Biotic Animals

Coyotes and deer roam the dunes, songbird fly to the grasslands, jellyfish wash ashore, and ghost crabs into the ground until they find water.
Listing of Animals Include:
Rio Grande Leopard Frog
Green Treefrog
Spotted Chorus Frog
Hurter's Spadefoot
Gulfcoast Toad
Texas Toad
Great Plains Narrowmouth Toad
Lots of Birds (>380)
Atlantic Ghost Crab
Blackback Land Crab

Blue Crab

Calico Box Crab
Ghost Shrimp

Mudflat Fiddler Crab

Portly Spider Crab

Sargassum Swimming Crab

Speckled Swimming Crab

Atlantic Midshipman

Atlantic Needlefish

Atlantic Sailfish

Horaces Duskywing

Mournful Duskywing

Fiery Skipper

Southern Broken Dash

Celia's Roadside Skipper

Eufala Skipper

Ocola Skipper

And there is many other animals on the island.

Abiotic Factors

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History of Padre Island

The history is pretty much what it looks like when Indians and Spanish settled here.
Four nations have owned Island at different times. The first was Spain until the Mexican Revolution, then Mexico owned, then Texas owned it after the Texas Revolution, then U.S. owned it after the Mexican-American War. Names it has been called besides Padre Island, La Isla Blanca (Spanish for White Island) and Isla de los Malaguitas (Island of the Malaquites, a band of Karankawa people).

First permanent settlement was located on the southern tip by priest Padre Nicolas Balli. Prior only native americans, spanish troops or ships, and the survivors of three shipwrecks.

At one point it was used a navy bombing range.

What to do...(Two Days)

If you have two days...

You can stop in for the free informational, then head off to the closed beach area for some fun in the sun. After that you can head over to one of the many camping sites avaible, some via walking so via 4-wheel drive. Then you can finish off the trip going to Port Mansfield Channel and take a good look at the local ecosystem from rock jetties built during the channels construction.

What to do...(One Week)

If you have a week to spare...
Along with what you can do on the two day suggestion, you can go kayaking, windsurfing, swimming, boating in their designated area. There is also a nature trail you can walk on, very short and accessible, to see beyond the beaches and dunes. Then there is a picnic shelter if you want to have a picnic.