The Shorebirds of Canaveral

Sand Piper hunting for food in the sand along the Florida coastline, Adobe Stock, by Eric Carlander


The Shorebirds of Canaveral

Canaveral National Seashore, Florida

by Warren Joseph


Canaveral National Seashore is set on a barrier island off the east coast of Florida with a marine coastal ecosystem ideal for wildlife. The park provides protected shelter for several threatened and endangered species, including turtles, snakes, a manatee, a mouse, a whale, and a wide variety of fascinating birds.

Great blue heron walking lonely on the beach at Canaveral National Seashore, Adobe Stock, by Mark

With coastal hammock, open lagoon, and pine flatwoods habitats, it’s no wonder shorebirds flock to this natural gem.  Canaveral offers refuge for eagles, egrets, herons, ibises, gulls, osprey, pelicans, skimmers, terns, and a long list of others, big and small.

Willet shore bird walking away from receding surf on sandy beach, Adobe Stock, by John Blottman

The Willet is a long-legged shorebird that forages along the waterline of the Canaveral coast.

Wood_Stork (mycteria americana) in flight in Florida, Adobe Stock, by Steve Nunez / Wirestock Creators

The Wood Stork was endangered in the United States until 2014 but recovered to its current status of threatened. It is the only stork species that breeds in the United States and Canada. The wood stork is still vulnerable due to loss and degradation of its native habitats. 

A snowy egret at Canaveral National Seashore salt marsh, Adobe Stock, by jctabb

Snowy egrets are elegant and slender herons easily recognizable by their all white plumage, black bill, eyes, and legs, yellow at the base of its bill, and yellow feet. They are wading hunters who spear fish and other small animals with their bills.

Canaveral National Seashore in Florida, Adobe Stock, by Jesse Kunerth

Canaveral National Seashore is an important home to many wildlife species and one of North America’s must-see shorebird sanctuaries that belongs on the bucket list of any serious bird watcher.


Park Information


Canaveral National Seashore

South Washington Ave

Titusville, FL 32796


Mailing Address:


7611 S Atlantic Ave

New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169


Phone: 386 428-3384


Open 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM Daily

-Warren Joseph

Hope, New Jersey

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