Cumberland Island is a major migration stopover for over 300 species of birds, including the Least Tern and American Oystercatcher. Multitudes of shorebirds gather on the beach in spring and fall, while the freshwater ponds are home to Wood storks, white Ibis, and several species of herons and egrets. Dedicated birders are likely to add several species to their life lists while enjoying a naturalist led birding tour or exploring on their own. Our naturalists are always happy to point you to good spots or help with a tricky identification.
- Cumberland Island is an ideal place to introduce new people to birding
- Binoculars and ID guides are available to borrow or purchase in our gift shop
- Check out the latest sightings on eBird’s checklist for the Cumberland Island National Seashore
- Read the Audubon Society’s description of Cumberland Island, a designated Important Bird Area