Fort Clinch State Park

Birding Hot Spot and Great Florida Birding Trail site

Fort Clinch is located on the northern tip of Amelia Island, Florida's northernmost barrier island. Amelia island's natural communities is typical of that found in many southeastern coastal areas. It includes high dunes, white quartz sand beaches, salt marshes and meandering tidal creeks, and coastal hammocks. There is a nature trail and a long pier for viewing wildlife.

Watchable wildlife:
From the pier, you will see many shorebirds, gulls (including herring, great black-backed, ring-billed, and laughing), and terns. A nearby stone jetty is a popular loafing spot for brown pelicans and double-crested cormorants. The nature trail winds through a coastal oak hammock, where you may see woodland songbirds, particularly during spring migration. A small pond holds turtles and alligators.

Department of Environmental Protection

(904) 277-7274

From Fernandina Beach, take Florida Highway A1A north approximately 1.5 miles.

Related Sites:
Other North East Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
Like all North American terns, the least tern has long, pointed wings and a deeply forked tail. It is the smallest of Florida's terns.

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