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About Us

Welcome to South Padre Island, and the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center (SPI BNC).  We are a non-profit organization created by the Town of South Padre Island’s Economic Development Corporation in response to the researched desires of our residents and visitors.   

As one of the nine World Birding Center  sites located within the lower Rio Grande Valley, our primary goal is to provide excellent, one-of-a-kind birding opportunities coupled with interpretive tours of our site and educational opportunities to learn about birds and birding here on South Padre Island.   But we don’t just talk about the birds on the Island; we also have fabulous fish, dolphin, plants and other animals to talk about. 

South Padre Island is a barrier Island located between the Gulf of Mexico (on the east) and the Laguna Madre (on the west), we feel we are located in a pretty special place with unique plants and animals – and we want to share our love of this special place with you, your family, and your friends.


6801 Padre Blvd

South Padre Island, TX 78597

Board of Directors

President: Marv Esterly

Vice-President: Richard Franke

Secretary: Darla Lapeyre

Board member: Pete Moore

Board member: Joe Logan

Board member: Gary Tate 

Board member: Eddie Lucio Jr.

Board member: Lauren Hable

Board member: Sally Fraustro Guerra

Local Links

City of South Padre Island

South Padre Island Covention and Visitors Bureau

Sea Turtle Inc.

SPI Chamber of Commerce

South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation

Top 20 Things to Do on South Padre Island

Conservation Link

Texas Parks and Wildlife lists endangered and threatened species in our area. Click here to read more about the Laguna Madre Area and the species here.

Learn more about South Padre Island and enjoy a webcam of the Birding Center.


Other Links

South Padre Island Vacation Rentals

Our Sponsors

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