Learn about the different types of dolphins and try to spot each of them on a dolphin cruise. Read about the three species of sea turtles that nest on Pensacola Beach in the spring, learn how to protect a precious sea turtle nest and learn what to do if you spot hatchlings crawling the beach in summer, trying to make their way to the shoreline.
If you’re an avid bird watcher and tracker, the Eco-Trail guides you through the shore, wading, nesting and coastal seabirds you can spot when walking or hiking beach trails. The laughing gull is a favorite that gets its name from “laughing” high in the sky after it takes food from another bird or unsuspecting visitor.
The birds, turtles, and crabs that walk, crawl, and jump across the sand all leave different tracks behind. Spotting and following these footprints is another way to experience the beauty of nature along the trail. The “Footprints” portion of the trail’s name also reminds everyone that conservation is key on the beach: After you visit, leave only your footprints behind.