Perdido Key is known for inhabiting vast amounts of different wildlife and keeping the area natural and safe to cohabitate with its original residents!
Perdido Key Beach Mouse
The Perdido Key Beach mice inhabit the coastal dunes along Perdido Key in both Escambia County, Florida and Baldwin County, Alabama. The beach mice rely on the vegetation in dunes for food and shelter, some things that pose a risk to these endangered species include hurricanes, increased foot traffic, development along the beaches, and predation from cats, foxes, raccoons, and coyotes. The Perdido Key Beach Mouse is protected as an endangered species by the Federal Endangered Species ACT AND AS A Federally designated endangered species by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule.
When taking a stroll on the beautiful beaches of Perdido Key, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see sea turtles! Loggerhead sea turtles are the most prevalent in the area, although leatherback, ridley and green sea turtles are also frequently seen in the summer months. One of the best places to spot sea turtles is at the Perdido Key State Park. Located just across the street from the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce, this protected area is a safe habitat for turtles and several other animals. Of course, all need to exercise caution when frolicking on the beach when these sea turtles are nesting. You shouldn’t interact with these creatures or interfere with their actions in any way, but you can observe from a distance. Nesting season runs the length of summer and ends in October. Baby sea turtles face many obstacles when leaving their nests- such as raccoons, crabs, birds, and fish. Sea turtle hatchlings use the light of the moon to guide themselves to the water but can get distracted by the bright lights from beach homes, condos and businesses facing the beach. When walking the beach, make sure to follow turtle etiquette by using a red flashlight (turtle-safe lighting), avoid shining lights or using flash photography. Fill in large holes and knockdown sandcastles to leave a flat surface, and as always Leave No Trace behind by removing all tents, chairs, toys and other obstacles from the beach at night!
The Perdido Area is a bird’s paradise! Located between two major fly zones, Gulf Islands National Seashore, the longest stretch of protected seashore in the country, is the first stop for hundreds of migrating birds and monarch butterflies flying north in the spring. The Perdido Area also features bays, bayous, beaches, rivers, and woodlands where more than 300 species of birds call home. So pick up those binoculars and come experience our great outdoors!
If you see an animal that is sick, injured, in distress, or deceased, please call the local authorities and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 24-hour hotline at 888-404-3922.