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Least tern nests documented on North Captiva, Sanibel

By Staff | Jun 1, 2020

SCCF One of the least terns on North Captiva.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Shorebird Biologist Audrey Albrecht reported that active least tern nests on North Captiva were down from 30 to about 10 as of May 22.

“But, about 68 adults are still present, so hopefully they will re-nest,” she said. “I’m unsure what caused the nest loss, but there are a lot of canine tracks, and a lot of crows around.”

Albrecht reported that the nest loss to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

In addition, there were two active Wilson’s plover nests within the tern colony on North Captiva as of May 11. There were a total of two active snowy plover nests on Sanibel, with three broods of chicks, as well as one active Wilson’s plover nest with one chick.

Albrecht noted that there were no egg or chick losses over the holiday weekend.

“We are very grateful to the city of Sanibel for their reminder to the public to report wildlife violations over the holiday weekend,” she said. “Memorial Day weekend can be a stressful time for beach nesting wildlife, especially shorebirds.”

While increased crowds on the beaches can lead to increased disturbance to the birds, there were very few incidents with unleashed dogs, and only a few people who entered posted areas, Albrecht said.

For questions about shorebirds, email shorebirds@sccf.org.