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Nesting expected soon on east end of Sanibel

By Staff | Apr 8, 2020
SCCF A male and female snowy plover.
SCCF “Ms. Sanibel” has three eggs in her Siesta Key nest.

As of April 1, the four pairs of snowy plovers at the east end of Sanibel are established and territorial fights are occurring among the small, but mighty birds. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that they expect nesting very soon. The site is being monitored to make sure they have a safe space to nest. Sanibel is home to 20 percent of Southwest Florida’s nesting snowy plover population. The SCCF’s snowy plover project began in 2002. The beaches are monitored, with nests marked and protected. Once the chicks hatch, they are monitored until they can fly. To adopt a snowy plover, visit donorbox.org/sccf-adopt-a-shorebird. In addition, the SCCF provided an update on its only snowy plover fledgling from Sanibel in 2017. After learning to fly, she went missing for a few weeks, until she appeared at Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin. She survived Hurricane Irma and moved to Siesta Key, where she has been ever since. On March 27, she was photographed on her nest, where she has three eggs. Volunteers and biologists with Audubon Florida’s Bird Monitoring & Stewardship program affectionately call her “Ms. Sanibel.”