Learn about South Walton conservation and wildlife
South Walton Beach realized that sustainability and conservation of nature are keys to our future. White-sand beaches, backed by rolling dunes and rare coastal dune lakes, that meet the turquoise blue waters of the Gulf, have been set aside for conservation. The citizens and local government take South Walton conservation very seriously yet offer tours and education.
South Walton Beach wildlife
South Walton Beach has a keen eye for its fragile ecology and it’s protected species. South Walton’s plants and animals such as the Choctawhatchee beach mouse; green, loggerhead, and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles; a plethora of birds; and, rare plants found nowhere else thrive here. They’re protected not only for us but for our tomorrow, the future generations to enjoy.
there are so many animals and wildlife around 30a and South Walton Beach that people never know about. For instance, there are many black bears that roam the woods of Point Washington state forest.
It is not difficult to spot a deer alongside the road but the most surprising thing that residents even don’t know is that the deer make their way to the beach quite often. South Walton is home to beavers and otters, which have even been found in the coastal dune lakes. We have had spotting’s near the Grayton Beach campground of a Florida panther. In the evenings if you listen closely you may hear the howling of coyotes. 30a and South Walton Beach is a patriotic area, therefore, it only makes sense that we have many bald eagles that can even be spotted at times getting a suntan at the beach. Although they are rarely seen, we do have alligators in many of the lakes. Lastly, if you’re smart enough you may sneak a peek of a local South Walton Gray Fox.
The Longleaf Pine is a tree that you will see all over South Walton Beach. These trees exist in less than 5% of areas in the southeast that they once thrived on. throughout many of the neighborhoods and subdivisions and South Walton and 30a you will find the longleaf pines growing. More impressive is the 23.64 mi.² of protected Point Washington state forest that exists throughout South Walton. This is where you will find the most abundant amount of these now rare trees.
South Walton Eco-tours
Where the dunes meet forests, opportunities for both conservation and ecological restoration are outstanding. This area thus hosts numerous eco-tours and nature-based activities. Botanists have described over 3,000 plant species in Florida, ranking the state 6th in plant species diversity. You can study the species and the habitat conditions in which they are naturally found. You can indulge in discovering some of the important, unique, and rare plant and animal species that can be found in nature around South Walton Beach. For those looking to learn by exhibits head over the 331 bridge in Freeport, you will find E.O Biophilia Center, an environmental education Center.