Welcome to South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center
At the southern tip of the world’s longest barrier island, South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center is a spectacular introduction to a world-class destination, & a doorway to all this vibrant sand, sun, and surf hotspot has to offer.
A slender thread of land between the shallow Laguna Madre and the rolling Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island anchors the World Birding Center with nature adventures in every season.
On its 50 acres near the convention center, the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center presents a microcosm of the rich habitats that contribute to this very special place. Dune meadows, salt marsh and intertidal flats are all represented here, along with thickets of native shrubs and trees that are irresistible to migrating birds in their season.
South Padre Island is a crucial first landfall – a lifesaver – for birds making an arduous cross-Gulf migration from Southern Mexico and northern Central America. Especially after a spring storm, wooded lots of the island teem with an eye-popping rainbow of warblers, tanagers, orioles and thrushes. Wetlands harbor a range of shorebirds and waterfowl, while endangered species such as the Brown Pelican
, Piping Plover and Peregrine Falcon may be found here as well.
Learn and Discover
The Center will offer morning bird walks and interpretive guides of the center and the boardwalks will have programs/lectures by area naturalists, scientists, and generally interesting people.