About TexasPelagics.com Mission:

TexasPelagics.com is dedicated to promoting public pelagic birding trips and advancing the knowledge of pelagic birds in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas Coast.  TexasPelagics.com is a free, public service to the birding community.

An Idea to Fulfill a Need:

On a long drive home from a great South Padre Island Texas Pelagic on July 19, 2008 I had this idea to create a website exclusively for Texas Pelagics. I thought it was about time that there was one website where all the available information about Texas pelagic birds, mammals, trips and everything to do with Texas pelagic birding was assembled in one place. I had previously searched the web for information on Texas Pelagics and the search came up with only very spotty information.

This website was created for two primary reasons. The main reason was to serve as a platform where upcoming Texas Pelagic trips could be announced. A single reference point was needed to serve the needs of a group of pelagic enthusiasts to help get the word out about Texas Pelagic Trips. Throughout the 23 year history of Texas Pelagics it was often difficult to get the word out about planned trips. During the 1990’s Dwight Peake and Mark Elwonger developed a Newsletter and a mailing list of birders throughout the state that were interested in Pelagics. This became easier after 1996 with the advent of Texbirds, but still there were problems getting trips fully subscribed.

The second purpose was for the website to become a single location for the archiving of pelagic trip records and pictures of the seabirds, mammals, turtles and fish seen in Texas pelagic waters.  I already had accumulated a lot of information and photos through years of participating in Texas Pelagic trips. I also sought the help of other long time pelagic enthusiasts for what information hey could add to the archives.


I must acknowledge the efforts of the Texas Pelagics community of dedicated birders who pioneered, organized and led all the previous trips to date.  I dedicate this website to this group of Texas Pelagic enthusiasts who have made all the trips and therefore this website possible.  I know of most all of these people but certainly there were others as well who I am unaware of. If you know of someone who should be acknowledged on this list please let me know.

Sheriton Burr

Dwight Peake

Mark Elwonger

Eric Carpenter

John Arvin

Brad McKinney

Petra Hockey

Randy Pinkston

Mary Gustafson

Sumita Prasad

Cate Ball

Ronnie Carroll

Greg Lasley

Mike Overton

Stan Van Sandt

Richard Gibbons

 I also dedicate this website to all the participants on Texas Pelagic trips who have endured and enjoyed all the countless hours at sea searching the blue horizons for distant birds and marine life.

About Garett Hodne – webmaster / photographer

The TexasPelagics.com website / blog was created and is maintained by Garett Hodne.


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