Hot Spot and Great Florida Birding Trail site
This popular recreation area is located on Mullet Key, an island
south of St. Petersburg. Visitors access the island via a toll
bridge to see the beaches, mangroves, and hardwood hammock. There
is a visitor center and a pier.
Because this is the first landfall for many migratory birds
traveling across the Gulf of Mexico in the spring, it concentrates
many birds and as a result, birders from across the country. Check
with the visitor center for the best sites. Look for a tremendous
influx of warblers from mid-March to mid-May. Brown pelicans,
double-crested cormorants, herons, egrets, plovers, gulls, and
black skimmers are here year-round. Sea turtles nest along
the beach in the summer.
In St. Petersburg, travel west on the Pinellas Bayway (54th Avenue
South or Florida Highway 682). Turn south on Florida 679 and
follow signs to the park.
Central Florida Wildlife Sites