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Hatch And Release At Padre Island National Seashore

During early June 2017, Traveler contributor Rebecca Latson had the privilege of witnessing and photographing several Kemp's ridley sea turtle public hatchling releases. In this article, she chronicles the work it takes to pull off a successful release and provides answers to questions involving this endangered species of sea turtle found along the Texas coast.

Photography In The National Parks: Padre Island National Seashore In Early Summer

While on assignment to Padre Island National Seashore for the Traveler, contributing photographer Rebecca Latson compared and contrasted the difference between her early spring visit to this early summer visit. In her latest article, Rebecca offers up those comparisons as well as more photographic tips for you to apply if you decide to visit this national seashore in Texas during the summer.

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Hatchlings Heading To Sea At Padre Island National Seashore

The release of baby Kemp's Ridley sea turtles is underway at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas. Seashore staff collect the turtle eggs shortly after they're laid on the beach to ensure that predators don't get them and to incubate them. When they begin to hatch the turtles are returned to the beach, where they quickly head to sea.

Photography In The National Parks: Travel, Packing, And Luggage

Contributing photographer and writer Rebecca Latson is always curious about what other photographers pack in their gear bag and how they pack, in general, when traveling to a national park. Rebecca thought some of you readers might in turn, be interested as to her own luggage logic and what she packs for her national park photography trips. This article should answer some of that your questions and maybe you might even have some packing suggestions for her.

Photography In The National Parks: Birds, Beaches, Blooms, And Bottles At Padre Island National Seashore

Over a long April weekend, photographer Rebecca Latson traveled to Padre Island National Seashore for a little photographic fun on the beach. She returned with some wonderful photos and 21 tips based upon her experiences to help you make the most of a photographic visit of your own to this wonderful Texas national seashore.

Birding In The National Parks: Identifying Birds In A Split Second

Over the last decade, the explosion of books related to birding has seen the formation of a subgenre focused on the GISS concept. GISS (typically pronounced jizz) is an acronym for General Impression, Size, and Shape. This refers to the method of identifying a bird by visible features other than the color and markings. It’s how most seasoned birders make split-second identifications in the field. Over time, GISS has come to be a catch-all term for the holistic approach to bird identification where distribution, time of year, habitat, and behavioral considerations blend with size and shape (and good old fashioned field marks!) to make a bird knowable in an instant.

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