Welcome to the Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Offices located in Houston, Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas, and with a sub-office in Alamo, Texas. Over an area of 68 counties along coastal Texas, our offices work to protect federally listed threatened and endangered species as well as federal trust resources such as wetlands, migratory birds, and interjurisdictional fish.
Kemps Ridley sea turtle. Credit: Donna Shaver, NPS
Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins on the Texas Coast Public Asked to be Observant
March 2017 The sea turtle nesting season along the Texas coast begins on April 1, 2017. Visitors to Texas beaches can help protect the most critically endangered sea turtle in the world, the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, as well as the loggerhead and green sea turtles, by keeping an eye out for their nests along the beach. Visitors to Texas beaches from April through September are urged to watch for nesting adult sea turtles and emerging hatchlings and report them immediately.
Today (March 30th), the first Kemp’s ridley nest of the year was located on the Texas coast, on South Padre Island. This is the earliest that a Kemp’s ridley nest has been confirmed on the Texas coast and the first Kemp’s ridley nest that has ever been documented on the Texas coast during the month of March.
Last Remaining Native Mussel in New Mexico Proposed for Protection Under the Endangered Species Act
August 2016 Once abundant throughout rivers in southern New Mexico and the Rio Grande basin in Texas and Mexico, the Texas hornshell, a freshwater mussel, has experienced a dramatic decline. Today, it is the only native mussel remaining in New Mexico and is scarce in Texas, occupying only 15% of its historical U.S. range. After thoroughly reviewing the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to protect the mussel as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We are seeking comments on the proposed listing until October 11, 2016.