Scan the Gulf from the end of the fishing pier on the peninsula’s south (Gulf) side for Brown Pelicans, Least Terns and gulls in warmer months, and gannets plunging near the shore in winter. At the peninsula’s east end, beaches north of the jetty fishing area are productive for shorebirds like Snowy Plovers and Willets; Black Skimmers occasionally loaf here. Gator Lake hosts a heron rookery in spring (Great Blue Herons, Great and Snowy Egrets). Check the Buttonbush Marsh Overlook adjacent to the boat parking for Least Bitterns and Wood Ducks. Pine flatwoods are home to Brown Thrashers, Loggerhead Shrikes and Eastern Towhees. Note: The campground was significantly impacted by Hurricane Michael. The park is currently taking reservations for approximately 60 campsites through July 31, 2020. Extensive repairs to the campground will begin shortly. The number of sites and the reservation window will vary as the construction progresses.