The Talbot Islands State Parks

Description:
Big Talbot and Little Talbot islands comprise the Talbot Islands State Parks. These Atlantic barrier islands are located between Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville, just south of Amelia Island. They have beautiful beaches and dunes, with a coastal hardwood hammock of live oak, cedars behind the dunes and tidal creeks that wind through extensive salt marshes. There are nature trails and an observation deck/pier.

Watchable wildlife:
The salt marshes offer excellent habitat for raccoons, river otters, clapper rails, egrets, and herons. Shorebirds frequent the sandy beach on which loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs in the summer. The coastal hammock is a good place to find snakes, gopher tortoises, painted buntings, and migratory warblers. Look for brown pelicans, gulls, royal terns, and sea ducks from the pier.

Ownership:
Department of Environmental Protection

Contact:
(904) 251-2320

Directions:
From Jacksonville, take Florida Highway A1A 17 miles northeast.

Related Sites:
Other North East Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
The painted bunting is one of the most rapidly declining songbirds in the eastern U.S. Surveys show an astounding 4-6 percent annual decrease in its numbers from 1966 to 2007.

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