Archive for August 18th, 2011

South Padres Island: Sea Turtle Restoration

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

Have you ever watched National Geographic specials about sea turtle restoration, including the release of baby sea turtles and wished you could see it for yourself. Well, you can…on South Padre Island. Bryan Frazier explains.

There’s a partnership effort going on for sea turtles. And you have Sea Turtle, Inc., non-profit rescue service. You have Texas Parks and Wildlife involved sea turtle restoration, you have the national park service and lots of other conservation groups.

And what you’ve gotten down in South Padre Island is a real tourist push. People come there from all over the United States and internationally to witness these turtles being released, and to be a part of it.

It’s become this volunteer effort. There will be dozens of people that show up.

Summer is the end of the hatchings being returned. They’ve all come out of the nest. The effort is year-round in terms of rescue and managing that habitat. And it’s a real success story. They’re slowly and gradually getting those populations back to viable numbers. And all stories like that are neat and interesting, but to see it firsthand…they’re just beautiful animals, and South Padre has established itself as a real flagship area for that.

Thanks, Bryan!

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For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.