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

Treasurer: Jimmy Lawson

Board member: Pete Moore

Board member: Joe Logan

Board member: Gary Tate 

Board member : Eddie Lucio Jr.

Board member: Bob Shepard

Local Links

City of South Padre Island www.MySPI.org

South Padre Island Covention and Visitors Bureau www.sopadre.com

Sea Turtle Inc. www.seaturtleinc.com

SPI Chamber of Commerce www.spichamber.com

South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation www.southpadreislandedc.com

The Turtle Lady Legacy www.theturtleladylegacy.org

Top 20 Things to Do on South Padre Island www.thingstodosouthpadreisland.com

Conservation Links

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is one of nine World Birding Centers located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Click here to learn more about the World Birding Centers.

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

Webpage Sponsors:
Paragraphs on Padre Blvd. Enjoyspi.com and see south padre from 10 live cams


Hotel Sponsors:

Pearl South PadreThe Inn at South PadreSouth Padre RamadaLaQuinta South PadreLaCopa Resort South PadreHilton Garden Inn South Padre,  The Inn at South Padre Island,  Schlitterbahn Beach Resort, The Palms Resort

Fly BrownsvilleValley International AirportSouth Padre Shuttle

Other Sponsors:
Franke RealtorsTheshoresspiLynne & Gary TateAmerican DivingParagraph Books Rotary Club of Port Isabel. RGV Texas Master Naturalists  Marv & Karen Esterly  John &Elizabeth Shultz  Theresa Metty  David & Linda Swain

Dennis & Anna Stahl  Dean & Alita Bagley  Robert Shepard