The diversity of wildlife habitats including beaches, dunes, freshwater marshes, maritime forests, and salt marshes has attracted over 300 species of birds. Gulf Islands National Seashore is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.
From pine warblers to pelicans, you'll find them here. Gulf Islands is a stopover for migrating birds, a place where they can rest and feed before continuing on their migration. The freshwater marsh areas provide shelter for clapper rails and spotted sandpipers. A diversity of gulls, terns and various shorebirds can be found year-round.
So grab your binoculars and keep your eyes peeled. You never know what you may find!
Did You Know?
Because of the tropical-like conditions, the U. S. Army established the Cat Island War Dog Training Camp in south Mississippi during World War II. A variety of dog breeds were trained to guard, deliver messages, and attack the enemy. Cat Island is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore.