Texas Turtle 3 LbNA # 29225
|Placed Date||Mar 10 2007|
|Location||Corpus Christi, TX|
|Found By||The Herkies|
|Last Found||Jun 12 2008|
*** Part of my TX Birding Trail Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 200 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: green
THIS LETTERBOX IS NOT ON NATIONAL PARK LAND, SO PLEASE DON'T CONFISCATE
Five of the world's seven sea turtle species are found in the Gulf of Mexico: leatherback, hawksbill, green, loggerhead and Kemp's Ridley. These magnificent marine animals, once abundant in the oceans, have declined during the last century and each species is now classified as either threatened or endangered. Over at least the past 60 years, some sea turtles have nested on South Texas beaches, mainly Padre Island National Seashore, near where this microbox nests. From late March through July, National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey employees and volunteers search the beaches of North Padre Island for nesting sea turtles and their eggs, which are collected for future release. The National Seashore is also part of the Mustang Island Loop described on the Central Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map. It is a great place for viewing gulls, terns and shorebirds all year and migratory birds during spring and fall, not to mention raptors on power poles along Park Road 22. So come enjoy great beaches and birding any time of the year. This box contains a different stamp than the original TX Turtle and TX Turtle 2 that went missing, so consider it a new box.
Corpus Christi is about 220 miles southwest of Houston via Hwy 59, Hwy 77 and I 37. Head East through the city on South Padre Island Drive (Highway 358). After crossing the JFK Causeway and the bridge onto North Padre Island, continue about 10 miles south on Park Road 22 to the entrance of Padre Island National Seashore. Park at the entrance sign before entering the park.
From the sign, walk north back along the road away from the park for about 75 yards to a wooden pole with sign saying "Warning Buried Cable" near a wooden fence. Turn left and follow the fence to the corner where it turns right. The camo microbox is in a hollow behind rocks where the lower fence rail joins the corner post. Please rehide well so it is not visible.