Sunday, May 9, 2010
Ready to Eat
I wanted to see the world's largest barrier island (South Padre Island) at a time when it isn't crowded with college students and tourists. A simple internet search showed when college spring breaks are scheduled. Booked the trip for 2 weeks after the last one. It was perfect...the island was quiet and almost desolate in areas.
One day, I visited South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Here's the link to the organization:
www.worldbirdingcenter.org/sites/spi/index.phtml . It's a very nice facility with a wooden boardwalk and resting areas/bird observation areas.
This was one of the many herons that were enjoying the center's natural areas. Saw quite a few birds - many that I have never seen in Minnesota.
Just down the road from the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is Sea Turtle, Inc. The organization rescues and rehabilitates sea turtles that have been injured in the wild. Some are able to be released, but others are severely injured and would not survive in the wild. They are kept at Sea Turtle, Inc. and cared for there.