Bird Watching at Anastasia

Sand Pipers on the shore

Welcome to a Birders paradise!

With 195 bird species identified within Anastasia State Park, visitors can discover numerous species of birds residing at the park. And you don’t have to be an expert birder to enjoy this special activity either! With Guided Bird Walks offered every month and knowledgeable staff, the entire family can enjoy this 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, which includes beach, dunes, salt marsh, coastal scrub and the globally rare maritime hammock.

The park is also 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.

Shorebirds in flight at the beach

Anastasia State Park is located along the eastern coastal flyway for migrating birds. These birds migrate thousands of miles in the fall and spring and often suffer from exhaustion and malnutrition. The park provides a critical stopping point for birds to feed and rest. The park is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail and has been designated as an Important Birding Area by the National Audubon Society.

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 participate in one of our Guided Bird Walks, visit our event page for more information. These programs are free with regular park entry fees.

There are things you can do to help our nesting shorebirds:

  • Leave the beach as natural as possible
  • Keep your distance from nesting birds 
  • Do not disturb a nesting bird
  • Never chase birds that are 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 sign at Anastasia

For additional information please contact Park Services Specialist, Chanell Guillaume.