Fort Matanzas National Monument

Great Florida Birding Trail site

This is a small historical park that features a wealth of natural habitats, including open beach, dunes, maritime hammock, scrub, marsh, and inlet. A ferry is available to take visitors to the fort on Rattlesnake Island. There is a short boardwalk nature trail.

Watchable wildlife:
Cooper's hawks nest here, ospreys occur year-round, and bald eagles are common during winter and spring. Wood storks and roseate spoonbills are seen periodically, but several other species of wading birds, as well as brown pelicans, double-crested cormorants, and belted kingfishers can be seen almost any time. The parking area is a good place to search for scrub jays. Check the sandbars just south of the park entrance for gulls, terns, and black skimmers.

National Park Service

(904) 471-0116

15 miles south of St. Augustine on Florida A1A.

Related Sites:
Other North East Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks
National Park Service Site

FWC Facts:
The spatulate bill of the roseate spoonbill has sensitive nerve endings that help it detect prey, and the shape helps the bird move sediment and catch the prey.

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