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South Padre Island

Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary

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About Us

Welcome to the South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center & Alligator Sanctuary (SPIBNC&AS).  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.   

The Island

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.

Our Mission

As one of 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!

Commitment to Transparency

We're honored to announce that we've been awarded Candid's Platinum Seal of Transparency for 2024. Candid is dedicated to providing comprehensive data and insights about the social sector, empowering the public to hold nonprofits accountable to their missions. This seal reflects our unwavering commitment to our stated goals. Explore our complete Candid profile below:

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the backbone of a non-profit organization! They are the ones who make sure that the organization fulfills its stated mission. With their strategic decision-making skills and policy-setting abilities, they ensure that the organization is on the right track. And let's not forget their fundraising prowess - they are the ones who make sure that the organization is financially stable and able to continue doing good work.


Vice President








Marv Esterly
Richard Franke
Darla Lapeyre
Pete Moore
Joe Logan
Gary Tate
Eddie Lucio Jr.
Lauren Hable
Sally Fraustro Guerra
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