I admit it.
I get to see lots of cool sights – and get to do lots of cool stuff – through my job as VISIT FLORIDA’s Beaches and Adventure Insider. However, the morning that environmentalist Missy Christie took me out bird-watching will always shine.
It was steamy-hot, and the sunrise was exploding in pink and gray streaks when we met in the parking lot of Palm Island Resort. We drove our golf cart to the northern tip of the island and then hiked out onto the natural beach, thick with shells and sand dollars – and birds.
They fished, they flew and they trotted in the surf, all kinds of birds, rare snowy plovers, osprey, pelicans and bald eagles and many more, all of which Missy could identify though I could not.
To check out our awesome adventure – and snag some awesome tips on how you can help to protect the wildlife on our beaches – watch the video!
Never been to Palm Island Resort? That’s as sad as a fish without fins.
It's located along the Intracoastal Waterway on Florida’s southwest gulf coast in the Charlotte Harbor area. It encompasses a two-mile portion of private, pristine beach on the Gulf of Mexico at the northern end of Palm Island - which is 700-yards wide at its broadest. My husband Paul and I stayed in a tropical villa at the resort, which is only accessible by boat or ferry. Golf carts, bicycles and walking are the only means of transportation.