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Get back to Nature! We've got birds, butterflies and plants you just won't find any where else. Follow these links to learn more about the flora and fauna that make this area so special and a favorite for ecotourists.

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Ecological Organizations

Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Discover the spectacular diversity of nature which South Padre Island has to offer.

Sea Turtle Inc.
Founded by the inspirational Ila Loetcher - aka "The Turtle Lady" - the organization is still rescuing sea turtles and educating young and old about these endangered creatures.

World Birding Center
The World Birding Center:
One of the most spectacular convergences of birds on Earth. Come visit the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas -- where history, culture and spectacular natural diversity combine into one unforgettable nature adventure.

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
At the southern tip of the world’s longest barrier island, South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is a spectacular introduction to a world-class destination, and 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.

Reference & Photo Sites

Texas Gulf Coast Birding and Naturalist Web
Articles, checklists, maps and extensive links for people interested in birds, butterflies, herbs, wildflowers and environmental conservation in south Texas.

SPI Ecological Tourism Guide
On South Padre Island, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate and enjoy the last 34 miles of ecologically significant and unspoiled beaches and sand dunes along the Gulf of Mexico.

South Padre Island Birds
Photo Essay by South Padre's own Amazin' Walter

Tours & Excursions

These companies all offer Dolphin Cruises as well as a variety of other excursions such as snorkling, fishing, bird-watching, etc. Please visit their websites for details.

Dolphin Watch Headquarters

Breakaway Cruises

Colley's Fins to Feathers

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