Huguenot Memorial Park

Description:
This park attracts large numbers of birds and people. There are Atlantic beaches and dunes, the jetty near the mouth of the St. Johns River, and a long spit of sand jutting out into the Fort George inlet. This area is known as Ward's Bank by the birders who come out to see the thousands of terns and gulls that congregate at the northern tip of the spit.

Watchable wildlife:
Winter offers excellent birding, when it is possible to see dunlins, black-bellied plovers, western sandpipers, willets, ruddy turnstones, sanderlings, and American oystercatchers at the interior lagoon. Offshore, look for northern gannets, horned grebes, red-breasted mergansers, and common loons.

Ownership:
State of Florida and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, leased to the City of Jacksonville

Contact:
(904) 251-3335

Directions:
Take Interstate 95 in Jacksonville north to Heckscher Drive.  Go east for about 19 miles (1.5 miles past the Mayport Ferry slip) and turn right at the blinking yellow light.

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



FWC Facts:
The world's whooping crane population has gradually increased from a low of 22 birds in 1941 to 503 birds in 2009.

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