Due to its peninsular shape and position sheltering a large stretch of coastline from the Gulf, this wonderful site is a migratory hotspot for raptors, songbirds and even butterflies and dragonflies in fall! Watch for Northern Harriers, Broad-winged Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks and Merlins flying over Eagle Harbor the day after a cold front has passed through the area. While watching raptors you will also notice small groups of songbirds flying over and occasional rarities like Western Kingbird and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher have been recorded particularly in October. Snowy Plovers nest on the island so please be careful and respect posted areas. In winter, Piping Plovers are present on the beach and Northern Gannets feed offshore. Scan the bay from Eagle Harbor for wintering Red-breasted Mergansers and Horned Grebes. The oak hammocks are very good during spring and fall migration for songbird migrants. The best trail is located near the entrance to the park on the right side of the road as you enter. Over 25 species of wood-warbler have been recorded including Bay-breasted and Black-throated Blue. Permits are available for after-hours access; camping by reservation is available. Note: St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is currently open in a limited capacity due to damage from Hurricane Michael. Campgrounds and cabins are closed. The south end of the park is open for day use and boat ramp access, but limited parking is available. Please check the park website for more information.