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North Peninsula State Park is situated in Ormand by Sea off the A. 1. A.
This parks has a 2 mile stretch of unspoiled beach kept in pristine condition by the State Park department. There are lots of wildlife spotting opportunities here so go armed with your camera and binoculars. . . particularly in the migration season (more of that later) You may spot gopher tortoises, indigo snakes and scrub jays; the latter 2 species are fairly rare.
Fishermen should head to the intra coastal water way to fish off the bank, though some prefer to fish from the shore. You will need a fishing licence.
The nature trail is around two and a half miles long and takes in a curved route from the Smiths Creek Landing back to Smiths Landing car park.
There are very few facilities at this park although loos are provided. This stretch of the coast can get very windy and it is imperative that you take insect repellant in summer.
Here is the complete address
40 Highbridge Road
Ormond by the Sea, Florida 32176
Phone: (386) 517-2086
This park is part of the Atlantic Flyway? what is that? Well it is the bird migration route that is used by mgratory birds to travel to and from their winter quarters (the original snowbirds) Florida is especially lucky since the route in this state is especially narrow so the mass of birds you can see at these times is incredible. Routes are selected by birds that have no mountains or high grounds to navigate and opportunities to land for rest, food and water.
No two different species of birds will follow the same route and some land birds follow a route that flies across the Caribbean; this gives them only 2 opportunites to land for a re fuel but is the most direct roue.
60 varieties of birds fly from Florida to Cuba; around half of them then winter in the Caribbean while the other half fly on to Jamaica.
Another route taken is from the Atlantic coast of Florida travelling west to Allegheny mountains and then north west to Ohio. Next they head to the Canadian provinces of Canada and from there off to Alaskas arctic coast. Pity they cannot pick up air miles!
There is a Government act in place that requires each state to monitor the migration and regulate the protection of the birds. Councils were set up as early as 1952 and some birds are banded so they can accurately track the routes taken.
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