Padre Island National Seashore is the home for an incubation facility for protected care and monitoring of turtle hatchlings that are released back into the wild. Releases happen at various times of the year and if we get lucky the turtles will decide to hatch while we are at the Collaboratori.
The National Seashore is also the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world and protects 70 miles of coastline, dunes, prairies and wind tidal flats teeming with life. It is a safe nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and a haven for 380 bird species. It also has a rich history, including the Spanish shipwrecks of 1554.