Beach Nesting Birds
Each year, from mid-February until late August, volunteers from Sarasota Audubon help to monitor four species that use Sarasota’s beaches: Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover, Least Tern and Black Skimmer. Sadly, their numbers have plummeted due to the increase in human population and subsequent beach usage.
Every year, we monitor the struggle for survival. Thanks to dedicated beach nesting bird stewards, we hope to give these birds a fighting chance to raise young. 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.
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