Eglin Air Force Base features hundreds of thousand of acres of
relatively undisturbed wildlife habitat. The Destin Bridge site
features beaches and sandy flats along a busy inlet between
Okaloosa Island and the town of Destin.
Birds are the main attraction and include terns, gulls, black
skimmers, brown pelicans, several species of shorebirds, great blue
and little blue herons, snowy egrets, reddish egrets (in the fall),
and occasionally black-necked stilts. Loons, northern gannets, and
various sea ducks paddle offshore and are clearly visible with a
good spotting scope. From May through August, threatened least
terns and snowy plovers nest in the sand. PLEASE DON'T DISTURB THE
NESTS, AND KEEP DOGS AWAY.
U.S. Air Force
From Destin, cross the bridge to Okaloosa Island on U.S. Highway
90. Parking is on the south side of the road.
Other North West