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 with 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. 

Sea Turtles

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 knock down 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! 

Birds

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! (See popular Birds and Watching locations in Perdido!)

Ghost Crabs

Also known as Sand Crab or Atlantic Ghost Carbs, the Ghost Crab can be seen scurrying along the shoreline between sunset and dawn. Their peak season is summertime from May to September. They live in tiny burrows about 4 feet deep and they try to hide from the sun as much as possible. Their two black eyes have sharp 360-degree vision, which helps them capture flying insects. Zooming at speeds up to 10 miles per hour these crabs know how to make tracks! Their white shells make them adapt to the white sand so it makes it harder for their predators to see them. Ghost crabs tunnel down for about four feet at a 45° angle, creating one- to two-inch-wide holes. At dusk, these crabs sprint into the ocean to obtain oxygen from the water, which washes over their gills. Females release their eggs into the ocean around the month of June. Ghost crabs hibernate during the winter, “holding their breath” for six months by storing oxygen in sacs near their gills. If you do decide to go on a crabbing adventure, we do urge you to use a gentle hand when observing these amazing little creatures and to definitely use the catch and release system.

101 Things to Do in Perdido Key

From adventurous water activities to relaxing sunset vibes, explore Perdido Key and plan your island getaway with things to do for everyone! 101 Things to Do in Perdido Key includes links to some of the local's favorite activities, dining, and entertainment in the...

Bird Watching in Perdido Key

The Perdido Area is a bird’s paradise! From nature trails to beach habitats, birding in the Perdido Area is a huge pastime for visitors and locals alike! The diversity of habitats ranging from pinewoods to beaches and saltwater to open woodlands make an attractive...

The Little Zoo that Grew

Starting as a small, community zoo in 1989 called “Zooland Animal Park” in the heart of Gulf Shores, The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo has gone through challenges and triumphs to become the amazing new zoo that stands today. After a devastating hurricane, Ivan hit the Gulf...

Day Tripping in the Perdido Area

Going to or from Perdido Key, You Can Discover some of the best day trips around!Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama Sitting just on the other side of the state-line is Perdido’s friendly, neighboring cities- Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, AL! With many great...

Inshore and Offshore Fishing in Perdido Key

One of the most amazing and unique aspects of Perdido Key is the extensive and diverse recreational fishing opportunities. Whether you bring your boat, charter local guide service, use a kayak, or simply stand on the bank with a rod, there are fish in reach all year...

Hiking Trails in Perdido

By: Rick O'Connor  Looking for discoveries and trails in the Perdido Key Area? Check out this list of seven unique trails in the area. Always remember to bring good shoes, as some of these trails could have portions of loose sand, and some could be wet. Also, be sure...

My Barkidiary: The Adventures of Rudder and Squirt Continue

By: Christina Steffen and Rudder   It’s been 2 years since I last wrote in my diary about my life in Perdido Key. Lots of things have changed. I’ve got a new brother…his name is Squirt. He’s a French Bulldog. That’s us in the picture! We love flying with our Dad...

Eden Condominiums and Chamber Stand Strong on the Key

By Ideaworks   Cynics scoffed 35 years ago when they heard about plans to build Eden Condominiums, the one-of-a-kind structure on Perdido Key.  “Too fancy,” they said. “Too far away.”  “It will never last,” they said. But Eden did indeed flourish and thrive...

History of Perdido, 1985-2020 “35 Years of Perdido Key”

1985 is a year some may remember as the year of Coca-Cola’s “New Coke”, Michael Jordan being named NBA’s Rookie of the year, the year of the first .com registered, the first version of Windows, and a series of Live Aid Concerts raising millions for famine in Africa....

Military Life in Perdido Key

By: Erin Wilmer   It was May 1989, I was 19 and checking into my first duty station. I can remember feeling alone and scared. After completing the check-in process, I walk into my barracks dorm that would be my home for the nextfour years. In the middle of the...