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Snowy plovers may nest one more time

By Staff | Jul 15, 2020

SCCF Snowy plover chick with its mother.

On July 8, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Shorebird Biologist Audrey Albrecht reported that the islands had only a single brood of two snowy plover chicks who turned 1-month-old the prior week.

“The photo here is of a snowy plover chick, with mom, taken while people were walking by who never even saw them,” she said. “We are waiting to see if any of the snowy plovers will attempt to nest one more time this summer.”

The SCCF added that the snowy plover fledglings have left the area, and it cannot wait to see where they turn up. According to ebird, one of the islands’ fledglings was at Bowditch Point two weeks ago. Another fledgling was reported to be on Keewaydin Island, south of Naples, on July 2. That one had returned to Sanibel as of July 7. The SCCF’s oldest known snowy plover recently turned up at Carlos Pointe on Fort Myers Beach. The 12-year-old female is usually spotted over there at least once a year.

The public is asked to continue to safeguard the nesting shorebirds through August.

The SCCF provided the following tips on ways to help:

SCCF Snowy plover fledgling on Keewaydin Island.

– Respect signed nesting areas. Plover nests are really difficult to see. The posted areas prevent beach-goers from accidentally trampling the eggs in a nest.

– Honor the leash law. Plovers view dogs as predators. An unleashed dog can destroy nests and kill hatchlings.

– Be a respectful photographer

– Watch a video about Shorebird Conservation Tips at www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS6EWByVphs&feature=youtu.be.

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