Conservation

Snowy Plover - Rossheim

Photography by Barry Rossheim

Beach Nesting Birds

Each year, from mid-February until late August, volunteers from Sarasota Audubon, Siesta Key Association and other concerned citizens protect our beach nesting birds. Four species have used Sarasota’s beaches for thousands of years: Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover, Least Tern and Black Skimmer. Sadly, their numbers have plummeted due to the increase in human population.

As of April 2012, we already have several pairs of Snowy Plovers nesting on Siesta and Lido Keys. There are several ways in which you can help in this conservation effort: 1 DONATE NOW. It costs us around $10,000 per season to provide the conservation management needed to get the chicks to flight stage. You can donate safely through this website. Just click on the DONATE button. 2. You can volunteer your time in monitoring the chicks as they run around the beach. Helping to intercept disturbances by humans, dogs and natural predators has proven to be crucial in this effort. An hour a week or whatever you can spare will be deeply appreciated. Click on VOLUNTEER to help. (Read More…)

 

ReddishCitizen Science

The study of birds, their movements, and habitats is enjoyed by millions of people worldwide, and their observations contribute to the scientific literature. Members of Sarasota Audubon contribute to citizen science in several ways. (Read More…)

 

 

 

 

Towhee-RickEnvironmental Education

Junior Naturalist,  Date With Nature Events, Beach Explorer: these are some of the kids’ programs for which we are seeking funding. (Read More…)