One of our critical functions is environmental monitoring and protection. The Sebastian Inlet District routinely works with marine scientists to conduct biological monitoring of the critically important habitats surrounding the inlet that support a broad range of different species. This page is dedicated to the marine life and wildlife that inlet supports.
Birds of Sebastian Inlet
Sebastian Inlet is a Great Florida Birding Trail site, so keep a camera or a pair of binoculars handy. Birders have listed more than 190 bird species, according to our partners at Sebastian Inlet State Park. A bird list and map is available at the ranger station. All photos taken at Sebastian Inlet by District staff.
Black skimmer (Rynchops niger)
Brown pelican (Pelicanus occidentalis)
Common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Great egret (Ardea alba)
Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Little blue heron (Egretta caerulea)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis)
Royal Tern in winter plumage (Thalasseus maximus)
Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
White ibis (juvenile) (Eudocimus albus)
Willet (Tringa semipalmata)
Willet (Tringa semipalmata) in flight
Wood stork (Mycteria americana)
Our Living World
Our newest addition, a burgeoning photo carousel of the plants, animals and marine life that call Sebastian Inlet home.
Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris)
Luidia senegalensis, the nine-armed sea star, is commonly found on the flood shoal side of Sebastian Inlet
A whelk that has seen better days.
Pelicans gathered on an oyster reef on the flood shoal side of Sebastian Inlet.
Portuguese Man-O-Wars on the beach south of the inlet.
Green sea turtle swims east through Sebastian Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean
A mix of shoal grass ( Halodule wrightii) and Johnson's seagrass (Halophila johnsonii)
Johnson's seagrass (Halophila johnsonii)
Mangrove skipper on sea grape
Orange-ridged sea star (Echinaster spinulosus)
Rock-boring urchin (Echinometra lucunter)
Cannonball jellyfish (Stomolophus meleagris)
Monitoring hardbottom reefs: Watch the video