Right around the corner from Ocean’s Reach is a little known wildlife sanctuary known as the Perry Tract.
The 4-acre shoreline property, adjacent to Gulfside City Park, was donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by ophthalmologist and malacologist Dr. Louise Perry upon her passing in 1962. It was her wish that it be maintained as a safe haven for wildlife.
Guests may have seen the interpretive kiosk that pays homage to Dr. Perry and identifies wildlife, shorebirds and seashells found on the beach and around the property’s pond, which is closed to the public.
Recently, island photographer Nick Adams created a delightful video about Dr. Perry and the history of her property.
Please click here and enjoy!