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Snowy Plover nesting season begins on Sanibel

By Staff | Mar 31, 2009

The nesting season for Snowy Plovers has begun on Sanibel. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) coordinates the monitoring of this state-listed, threatened species on Sanibel.

The most recent estimate indicates that around 200 pairs of Snowy Plovers remain along the west coast of Florida, from the Panhandle through Cape Sable. As of last week on Sanibel, there were three nests, each with three eggs.

Last year, SCCF also began monitoring Snowy Plover nesting on Cayo Costa and there are four nests so far this year. There are no known nests on Captiva.

Snowy Plovers nest on the beach. SCCF stakes protective exclosures around Snowy Plover as well as least tern nests. Please do not enter the staked exclosures and keep dogs out as well. When Snowy Plovers are not moving, they are extremely well camouflaged. If a Snowy Plover is flushed from its nest, it takes very little time for the hot sun to damage the eggs.

Snowy Plover nesting season runs through August, and they can nest two or three times in one season. For more information, visit SCCF’s Web site at http://sccf.org/content/80/Snowy-Plover-Project.aspx .