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Snowy plover chicks learning to fly

By Staff | Jun 19, 2020


Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Shorebird Biologist Audrey Albrecht reported that there were still four broods of snowy plovers with chicks on the islands as of June 17.

“The oldest chicks have learned to fly,” she said. “And, the older chicks have been banded with unique color combinations.”

All capture and banding is done under state and federal permits.

The two pairs of Wilson’s plovers had not yet re-nested as of June 17. In addition, the least tern colony at Bowman’s Beach was impacted by predators just as nests were due to start hatching.

“The tracks were washed away by the rain but there was coyote scat in the colony,” Albrecht said. “Only a few birds remain at this time.”

The least terns on North Captiva were also impacted by predators, and they ultimately abandoned the colony completely after Tropical Storm Cristobal washed over the remaining nests one week ago.

“We will continue to monitor to see where the birds try to nest again,” she said.

For questions about shorebirds or to report a banded bird, email shorebirds@sccf.org.