Description: This 245 acre park is managed by the Florida Park Service
Vegetation Communities: Coastal dune, coastal strand, beach, maritime hammock, tidal swamp.
Location: Southern end of Manasota Key plus Peterson and Whidden Islands.
Amenities: Parking area ($3 fee), bathrooms, picnic tables, beach, unpaved trails. Bird nesting areas are roped off in the spring and summer.
Animal Species: You may not be able to see all these species
Birds that you may encounter year-round include:Brown pelican Black Skimmer* Great Blue Heron Killdeer* Laughing Gull Northern Mockingbird Osprey Ring-billed Gull Royal Tern Sandwich Tern Snowy Egret Snowy Plover* Willet Wilson’s Plover* Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Migrants that you may see:Black-bellied Plover Common Loon Forster’s Tern Great black-backed Gull Least Tern* Magnificent Frigatebird Northern Gannet Peregrine Falcon Piping Plover Red Knot Ruddy Turnstone SanderlingSemipalmated Plover Western Sandpiper White Pelican
* Breed in the area during the summer Documented Mammals: Raccoon
Documented Herps: Brown Anole Gopher Tortoise Loggerhead Sea Turtle