Daily "Gator Talks"

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Learn all about the incredible American Alligator

through our daily "Gator Talks" and experience the SPI Alligator Sanctuary!  

Meet "Big Padre" a rescued 12' 6" male American Alligator and other juvenile rescued alligators! After each "Gator Talk" you can have a chance to hold and take a photo with a baby gator and a snake with the purchase of the "Adventure Package". A fun and educational experience for the family!

Fall Season

  • October Big Day & Habitat Drive
    Sat, Oct 08
    South Padre Island Birding Nature Center
    Oct 08, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    South Padre Island Birding Nature Center, 6801 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597, USA
    Early October brings the peak of fall bird migration through SPI! Enjoy a full day of birding alongside our naturalist as we aim to record as many species as possible from our back deck in efforts to raise funds to help preserve and create habitats on site! Bird with us or pledge $ to help!

The fall season is absolutely beautiful on SPI! Flowers and migration are abound! Click on the event pages for full details and to register!

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By far the most unique species of butterfly, due to their two-way migration, is the Monarch. Come celebrate the spectacular fall Monarch Migration as they make their way down the Texas coastal flyway through South Padre Island on their way to their winter home in the mountains of central Mexico. Enjoy a day of Monarch-themed activities, arts & crafts, butterfly garden tours, and much more! In addition, we would like to emphasize our Native Plant Sale! Which will give you an opportunity to create habitat at your home. It has never been more urgent to learn about this species and how we can help to conserve it since the migratory Monarch has just been red listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 
Click the link below to learn more
Migratory monarch butterfly now Endangered - IUCN Red List - Press release | IUCN