Description: This 245 acre park is managed by the Florida Park Service
Vegetation Communities: Coastal dune, coastal strand, beach, maritime hammock, tidal swamp.
Location: Southern end of Manasota Key plus Peterson and Whidden Islands.
Amenities: Parking area ($3 fee), bathrooms, picnic tables, beach, unpaved trails. Bird nesting areas are roped off in the spring and summer.
Animal Species: You may not be able to see all these species
Birds that you may encounter year-round include:
|Brown pelican||Black Skimmer*||Great Blue Heron|
|Killdeer*||Laughing Gull||Northern Mockingbird|
|Osprey||Ring-billed Gull||Royal Tern|
|Sandwich Tern||Snowy Egret||Snowy Plover*|
|Willet||Wilson’s Plover*||Yellow-crowned Night Heron|
Migrants that you may see:
|Black-bellied Plover||Common Loon||Forster’s Tern|
|Great black-backed Gull||Least Tern*||Magnificent Frigatebird|
|Northern Gannet||Peregrine Falcon||Piping Plover|
|Red Knot||Ruddy Turnstone||Sanderling|
|Semipalmated Plover||Western Sandpiper||White Pelican|
* Breed in the area during the summer
|Brown Anole||Gopher Tortoise||Loggerhead Sea Turtle|