Monday, February 8, 2016
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center welcome to the Birding and nature center
The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and gift shop is the Rio Grande Valley's premier destination for birdwatching. Our unique location on South Padre Island is the perfect place to observe the birds, butterflies and natural wildlife in coastal South Texas.  Visit us on South Padre Island, walk the bayfront boardwalks, take a birding tour and explore the nature center.
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flamingoWelcome 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. 

The mission of the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center is to provide educational opportunities for our residents and visitors to learn about birds, flora, fauna and the natural environment of South Padre Island, the Laguna Madre Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico with an emphasis on conservation and environmental awareness.

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.




  • Over 3300 linear feet of boardwalk
  • 5 Bird Blinds
  • A five (5) story tower with spectacular views of Laguna Madre, Beaches & dunes of South Padre Island, the Gulf of Mexico, & the South Padre Island Skyline
  • Auditorium showing a short Richard Moore documentary movie about the wildlife of South Padre Island
  • Nature Gift Shop

wounded birds



Although we would love to be able to take in every wounded bird, we just do not have the people, facilities or permits required to do so; therefore we cannot and do not accept wounded birds/animals.

But if you do find a wounded bird, we suggest that you take the bird to the Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 E. Ringgold Street, Brownsville, TX (956) 546-7187.  The Zoo will not pick up the wounded bird.

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$6 for Adults
$5 for Students 13-18 and Seniors 55 yrs+
$3 for Children 4-12 yrs
Under 4 yrs = free with paid adult

Passes available:  weekly, 3 month passes and annual passes.


The Birding and Nature Center building is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.  The boardwalks are open with an weekly, monthly or annual pass. Guests can purchase passes daily 9 to 5. The Visitor's Center will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the boardwalks will be open as usual.

Call us if you have any questions:  956-761-6801

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South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center 6801 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597 call 956-761-6801.