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First enclosure goes up for snowy plover nesting season

By Staff | Mar 26, 2020


On March 24, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation staff roped off an area of beach for nesting snowy plovers in cooperation with the city of Sanibel near the Sanibel Lighthouse.

Snowy plovers are a threatened species in Florida. In 2019, two pairs of plovers nested and raised their young in the same location. Four chicks total fledged on Sanibel in 2019, which was an increase from the previous two years.

Currently there are four pairs of snowy plovers pairing up and establishing territories in the area. Protecting their nesting areas is essential to their survival, as the small, sand-colored birds lay their nests in shallow depressions in the sand. They need a safe space to protect their nests from accidental destruction.

Help protect snowy plovers by giving them their space. Always stay outside posted areas, and keep pets on a leash. If a plover is scared off her nest, the eggs and chicks are left exposed to the hot florida sun, and to predators like crows and gulls.

Never feed wildlife, as it can attract predators to nesting areas. Always pick up trash, and remember to fill in any holes dug on the beach. Small flightless shorebird chicks can become entrapped and die.

For more information about snowy plovers, email shorebirds@sccf.org.

To report a violation, call the FWC wildlife alert hotline number at 888-404-FWCC.