Hannah, the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail Coordinator, recently visited Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park in the Panhandle to search for Northern Gannets. This state park has miles of beaches perfect for lounging, playing in the water or birding! The gulf shoreline was active with birds including a variety of gulls, willets and a lone Great Blue Heron — and off in the distance the Northern Gannets were soaring! On the other side of the barrier island is Apalachicola Bay with two natural boat ramps providing access for small, shallow draft boats. Exposed mudflats offer excellent foraging for shorebirds and protected areas for nesting.
In addition to birds, an observation deck overlooking the bay is the perfect location to spot dolphins fishing, this deck is an easy walk from the East Slough Beach Use Area. There are plenty of activities: hiking, fishing, boating, biking, camping and much more! It is a great getaway for any nature enthusiast. Make it your weekend destination or stop in if you are passing by. Check out the eBird list from Hannah’s short trip to the park.
Site Address: 1900 E. Gulf Beach Dr., St. George Island, FL 32328
Contact: (850) 927-2111