South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center

If you are interested in Texas native wildlife, here is an event you may want to attend at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, Friday, February 7, 2014,

Documentary Showing
February 7 at 2pm Island premier with RICHARD MOORE, South Texas native wildlife photographer and writer who’s features air on CBS affiliate KGBT.
We will be showing his documentary,”Phantom Cat of the Chaparral Endangered Oselot”.

Seating is limited. Must RSVP. price is $3.00

Address is, 6801 Padre Blvd. ph# 956-243-8179 (located 1.6 mi on Padre Blvd from Seabreeze Beach Resort )

 

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BASIC FACTS ABOUT OCELOTS

Ocelots range in color from light yellow to reddish gray, with dark spots and stripes. They have dark stripes on their cheeks and their tailed have rings of dark fur.

Diet

Ocelots are carnivores, they hunt and eat animals such as rodents, rabbits, young deer, birds, snakes and fish.

Population

An estimated 800,000 to 1.5 million are found worldwide.
Between 80 and 120 are found in two isolated populations in southeast Texas.

Range

Did You Know?

In captivity, ocelots can live 20 years while in the wild they live 7 – 10 years.

Once ranging as far east as Arkansas and Louisiana, throughout Texas and in Mexico, ocelots are currently found only in extreme southern Texas and northeastern Mexico. They are also found in every country south of the United States except Chile.

Behavior

Ocelots are strongly nocturnal, resting in trees or dense brush during the day. Ocelots are very active, traveling from one to five miles per night. Males usually travel further than females. They capture an average of one prey item for every 3.1 hours of travel.

Reproduction

Following a 79- to 85-day gestation, young are born in litters of one to three. Kittens are independent after about one year, but may stay with their mother for an additional year.

Threats to Ocelots

Habitat loss due to agriculture, hunting for their fur, pet trade.

 

 

 



SPI Farmer’s Market

Farmers Market

 

 

Visit the SPI Farmer’s Market, every Sunday 11 am, for your organic produce selection. You can find farm fresh eggs, organic fruits and vegetables, corn fed beef, specialty foods and other organic products. Located at 8605 Padre Blvd.



Fall Concert Event on SPI

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Watching the sunset on the bay is a “must see” while you are on the Island. Now, you can enjoy music afterwards through the SPI Fall Concert Series. Every Friday and Saturday, between the hours of 7pm-10pm, you can attend FREE concerts by the bay. Located adjacent to Laguna Bob’s and Tequila Sunset on Laguna Blvd.