Birding at Fort Mose

Great Horned Owl on a tree branch staring at the camera

Keep your binoculars handy...

With 107 bird species identified within Fort Mose State Park, visitors can discover numerous species of birds inhabiting the park. And you don’t have to be an expert birder to enjoy this special activity either! Guided bird walks are offered every month by knowledgeable staff, so the entire family can enjoy this wildlife viewing opportunity.

Common yellowthroat

The park is also an important rookery for resting birds along the East Coast of Florida, hosting imperiled species such as the wood storks that inhabit the salt marsh/maritime hammock.

Fort Mose is located along the eastern coastal flyway for migrating birds. These birds migrate thousands of miles in the fall and spring, and they often suffer from exhaustion and malnutrition. The park provides a critical stopping point for birds to feed and rest. As such, 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 Fort Mose Historic State Park, be sure to ask at the ranger station for the park’s birding checklist.

If you would like to participate in one of our guided bird walks, please see our event page for information. These programs are free if held outside of the museum.