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City, partners release shorebird conservation video

By Staff | Apr 29, 2020

In partnership with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge and Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society, the city of Sanibel released a new animated shorebird conservation video.

The short educational video highlights the threats Sanibel shorebirds face every day and showcases simple ways residents and visitors can be good neighbors to shorebirds and other coastal wildlife.

To watch the video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS6EWByVphs&feature=youtu.be.

The city provided the following tips to share the shore with the island’s shorebirds:

– Give wildlife space. Stay out of posted nesting areas and keep your distance from nesting shorebirds and other wildlife areas. Fly kites away from posted areas.

– Keep your dog on a leash and away from posted nesting areas. Unleashed dogs may cause harm to vulnerable shorebird chicks. All dogs on the beach must be on a leash no longer than 8-feet in length.

– Never chase wildlife. Forcing birds to fly wastes precious energy reserves needed for nesting and migration. Flushing birds may also lead to nest abandonment and leave eggs and nestlings vulnerable to predators and the hot Florida sun.

– Do not feed wildlife.Food scraps attract predators such as crows and gulls to the area, which prey on shorebirds and their hatchlings.

– Secure trash that may injure or entrap wildlife.

– Remove all beach furniture and equipment from the beach by 9 p.m. to avoid nesting obstacles or wildlife entrapments.

– Fill holes/level sandcastles after your beach day. Flightless chicks and sea turtle hatchlings and may fall into holes and become trapped.

– Leave the wrack line undisturbed to provide shorebirds food and critical habitat.

– Keep off the dune vegetation. Beach vegetation protects wildlife and our homes from coastal erosion.

– Leave personal fireworks at home and attend an official display instead. The loud sounds and bright lights of close-range fireworks on Florida’s beaches can have catastrophic effects on nesting birds and sea turtles.

– Teach visitors, neighbors, and children these conservation tips.

Violations of wildlife ordinances may be subject to city, state, and/or federal fines and penalties and should be reported immediately to the Sanibel Police Department at 239-472-3111.