Although the Pensacola Beach Eco-Trail has been in place for quite some time, there is a new website to support it.
You have to check out the new site created by Visit Pensacola Beach: Pensacola Beach Footprints in the Sand Eco Trail!
Not only is the website chock full of information about the wildlife, birds, and plants along our barrier island, but it operates interactively with the eco trail signs posted all along Pensacola Beach.
Information for the site was provided by Rick O’Connor, the Florida Sea Grant agent for Escambia County; Lucy Duncan, Master Birder, who along with her husband, Bob, have produced several birding books on the local area; and Carrie Stevenson, the Coastal Sustainability agent for Escambia County.
Both Rick O’Connor and Carrie Stevenson work in partnership with The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science to provide education, research, outreach, and extension programs.
There are 7 sections: mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, invertebrates, plants, and coastal barrier island. The eco-trail map is featured on the coastal barrier Island tab of the site. Simply click on one of the stars to learn about the sign posted at that location.
This would be a great activity for a day out at Pensacola Beach! According to the site, “This website — along with informative, educational signs posted across the island — encourages visitors to explore this beautiful barrier island and learn more about its creatures and features. So, dive in and discover the many natural wonders of Pensacola Beach.”
What will you find? A ghost crab? Or maybe you’ll spot a turtle from the Pensacola Beach pier. Pensacola Beach is full of life and natural treasures, so get out and explore!