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Grab your checklist of Florida Birds  and get out there!  Sarasota County has a diverse range of habitats that provide feeding, resting and nesting sites for more than 300 species of birds. The Great Florida Birding Trail lists seventeen sites in Sarasota County, thirteen of which are part of our park system. With such diversity it’s no wonder that Sarasota County parks attract birders from far and wide.

Fun Facts:

  • Celery Fields’ bird list includes more than 225 species.
  • Shamrock Park and Caspersen Beach Park include rare scrub habitat, the only habitat of the endangered Florida Scrub Jay.
  • The Great Florida Birding Trail includes 13 Sarasota County park or preserve sites.
  • Three species of birds nest on our Sarasota County beaches: Black skimmers, least terns and snowy plovers.

Least Tern chick at the beach

Best Birding sites:

  • Celery Fields
  • Ackerman Park
  • Bayonne
  • Blind Pass Beach Park
  • Buchan Airport Community Park/Kiwanis Park
  • Carlton Reserve (T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve)
  • Caspersen Beach Park
  • Circus Hammock
  • Curry Creek Preserve
  • Deer Prairie Creek Preserve
  • Edwards Islands
  • Indian Mound Park
  • Jelks Preserve
  • Jim Neville Marine Preserve
  • Ken Thompson Park
  • Lakeview Park
  • Legacy Trail
  • Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center
  • Lime Lake Park
  • Locklear Park
  • Manasota Scrub Preserve
  • Myakka Islands Point
  • Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park
  • Nathan Benderson Park
  • Nokomis Beach Park
  • North Jetty Park
  • North Lido Beach
  • Old Miakka Preserve
  • Osprey Fishing Pier
  • Otter Key
  • Palmer Point Beach Park
  • Phillippi Estate Park
  • Phillippi Shores Park
  • Pinecraft Park
  • Pinelands Reserve
  • Pocono Trails Preserve
  • Rattlesnake Island
  • Red Bug Slough Preserve
  • Rothenbach Park
  • Scherer Thaxton Preserve
  • Service Club Park
  • Shamrock Park and Nature Center
  • Siesta Beach
  • Siesta Beach Accesses
  • Sleeping Turtles Preserve North and South
  • South Brohard Beach Park
  • South Lido Beach (Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach)
  • South Lido Nature Park
  • South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve
  • Stoneybrook Nature Trail
  • Turtle Beach Park and Campground
  • Twin Lakes Park
  • Urfer Family Park
  • Vamo Drive Park
  • Venetian Waterway Park
  • Venice Audubon Rookery
  • Venice Beach
  • Venice Myakka River Park
  • Walton Ranch
  • Wharf Road Park
  • Woodmere Park