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Amelia Islander

Critters of the Barrier Islands

Jul 15, 2016 02:00AM
On July 23 at 10 a.m., join a park ranger to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida. Little Talbot Island State Park is a Florida State Park located on Little Talbot Island. The park covers the entire 2,500-acre island. This ranger-led program will be held at Fort George Island at the Ribault Club, located at 11241 Fort George Road, Jacksonville.

With more than five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, Little Talbot Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida. Maritime forests, desert-like dunes and undisturbed salt marshes on the western side of the island allow for hours of nature study and relaxation. The diverse habitats in the park host a wealth of wildlife for viewing, including river otters, marsh rabbits, bobcats and a variety of native and migratory birds.

Surrounding surf and tidal streams present excellent fishing for bluefish, striped bass, redfish, flounder, mullet and sheepshead. Other popular park activities include hiking, kayaking, beachcombing, surfing and picnicking. Beachside picnic pavilions are available for use by park visitors and can be reserved in advance for a fee. A campground is located along the eastern salt marshes of Myrtle Creek. Kayak rentals and guided paddle tours are available.