Bird-Watching at Anastasia

Sandpipers on the shore

Welcome to a Birder's Paradise!

Anastasia State Park is a bird-watcher's paradise, with 195 identified bird species. And you don’t have to be an experienced birder to enjoy this special activity. With guided bird walks offered every month by knowledgeable staff, the entire family can enjoy a wildlife viewing opportunity.

Snowy Egret in the marsh area at Anastasia

Snowy egret

The rich variety of birds found here is due to a diversity of habitats, including beach, dunes, salt marsh, coastal scrub and the globally rare maritime hammock.

The park is one of the most important areas for beach-nesting birds along the east coast of Florida, hosting imperiled species such as least terns, Wilson’s plovers and black skimmers.

Anastasia State Park is located along the Atlantic Flyway for migrating birds. These birds migrate thousands of miles in the fall and spring and often suffer from exhaustion and lack of nutrition. The park provides a critical stopping point where birds can feed and rest.

The park is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail and has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.

Shorebirds at Anastasia State Park

If you would like to explore the wild skies of Anastasia State Park, be sure to ask the ranger station for the park’s Birding Checklist. If you would like to join a guided bird walk, visit our events page for more information. The programs are free with regular park entry fees.

Help protect nesting shorebirds:

  • Leave the beach as natural as possible
  • Keep your distance from nesting birds 
  • Do not disturb a nesting bird
  • Never chase birds on the beach 
  • Avoid disturbing or walking into marked and roped-off beach areas - use designated walkways
  • Read all posted shorebird/seabird signs
  • Do not bring pets to the beach 
Shorebird nesting area at Anastasia State Park

For additional information, please contact Park Services Specialist Mary Mazyck.