nesting birds

A snowy plover on its nest
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It’s Nesting season for Florida’s waterbirds. And, Florida wildlife officials say it’s important the public keeps its distance, while on the beach or boating on the state’s waterways.

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Starting in the Panhandle, Florida wildlife officials are holding a few public workshops on the potential designations of Critical Wildlife areas. The goal is to protect vulnerable wildlife—mainly birds—from human disturbances and predators.

Black Skimmer family with chicks
Jim Gray / Audubon Florida

Memorial Day weekend will bring thousands to Florida’s beaches.  Nick Evans reports environmental groups and state officials are warning visitors to be careful around shore nesting birds.

The Daisies in the front with (L-R) Raya Pruner, Marvin Friel, and Park Manager Joshua Hodson.
Nick Evans

This weekend, Florida’s beaches will be teeming with families enjoying an extra day off, but that can be bad news for some of the wild families who call the dunes home. But a Tallahassee troop of Daisy Girl Scouts is using some of its cookie money to help protect shore nesting birds.

Audubon Florida is reminding beach goers they won’t be the only ones enjoying the sea shore this Memorial Day weekend. The environmental group is asking residents to be watchful of birds nesting in the sand.

Audubon  Florida Director of Wildlife Conservation Julie Wraithmell said when beach goers get too close to a nesting site, it could lead to the inadvertent death of chicks and eggs.