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Help protect nesting, migrating shorebirds

By Staff | May 6, 2020
SCCF A snowy plover incubating its nest. It blends it very well with its environment and can be hard to see. Beach-goers are asked to please keep an eye out and respect enclosures.
SCCF Sanderling P03 was originally banded as an adult in 2015.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Shorebird Biologist Audrey Albrecht reported that there were four active snowy plover nests and one Wilson’s plover nest on the islands as of April 29.

Least terns are beginning to exhibit behaviors that indicate they may nest soon.

Shorebird migration is underway, and many shorebirds are gathering on shores preparing for their lengthy migrations. Some of the birds are coming from Central or South America, and will be continuing on to their nesting grounds in the Arctic. Others winter on Sanibel, like the sanderling pictured. P03 was originally banded as an adult in 2015 at a migratory stopover location in Chaplin Lake, Saskatchewan. A stopover location is a place where migratory birds stop to rest and refuel along their migration route – in this case to Arctic Canada.

Because the birds have such long journeys, it is very important that they are able to rest and eat enough while they are here. Never flush birds or allow children or dogs to chase birds resting on the beach. They have many thousands of miles to fly and need all of their energy to survive their migration.

For questions about shorebirds, email the SCCF at “mailto:shorebirds@sccf.org”>shorebirds@sccf.org.