Coastal Conservation

Beach-nesting birds, such as terns and plovers, are struggling to survive in Florida, often because of the intense disturbance by recreational beachgoers. Flushed from their camouflaged nests in the sand, adult birds watch helplessly as eggs and chicks are exposed to the hot sun and predators, or are crushed by unwary pedestrians, dogs or drivers.

One Florida beach species, the threatened Least Tern, has found a partial solution: most now choose to nest on gravel rooftops. However, these “beaches in the sky” have their own perils: chicks fall off roofs and perish. In Northeast Florida, Audubon’s “chick-checking” volunteers return these fallen chicks to their rooftops to rejoin their parents. Recognizing this is only an interim solution—because rooftops are no replacement for real beach habitat— we also help by encouraging public land managers to protect beach nesting areas, and we staff the posted areas on busy weekends with volunteer bird stewards, who act as ambassadors for the birds.

Here at Audubon, we recruit volunteers to assist with on-the-ground wildlife and habitat management. The benefits to wildlife are immediate and connect people with nature. This connection is a gateway for volunteers to quickly become educated on regional conservation issues, stay engaged for longer tenures, and move from volunteerism to advocacy.

Coastal Bird Stewardship
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Coastal Bird Stewardship

Florida's beaches and shores are vital to many different bird species throughout the year. And they need your help.

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RESTORE Florida's Gulf
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RESTORE Florida's Gulf

The Deepwater Horizon disaster had major impacts on the environment and wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico. Audubon Florida is dedicated to ensuring the restoration of our incredible Gulf habitat is successful.

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Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries
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Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries

The mission of the Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries is the protection of the great colonial waterbird populations of the Florida coast, and the natural systems that support them.

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News & Updates

Where's Wilson?
Coastal Conservation

The early life of a uniquely banded Wilson's Plover

by Anne Mauro, Audubon Florida Panhandle Research Technician

Tropical Storm Cindy Wipes Out Many of Northwest Florida's Beach Bird Chicks and Nests
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Tropical Storm Cindy Wipes Out Many of Northwest Florida's Beach Bird Chicks and Nests

Audubon Scientists Call for Public’s Help After Huge Losses to Rare Beach-Nesting Birds

Flagler Students Hit the Beach... to Learn About Shorebirds
Coastal Conservation

Flagler Students Hit the Beach... to Learn About Shorebirds

Audubon's Chris Farrell helps local college students learn about St. Augustine's amazing shorebirds

Resilient Birds, Devoted Advocates: 2016 Coastal Bird Conservation Results
Coastal Conservation

Resilient Birds, Devoted Advocates: 2016 Coastal Bird Conservation Results

Check out the latest on Florida's coastal birds in this report.

Bird Rookery Island Cleaners Help Prepare for Annual Nesting Season
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Bird Rookery Island Cleaners Help Prepare for Annual Nesting Season

By Lisa D. Mickey, a Florida Master Naturalist at the Marine Discovery Center and member of Halifax River Audubon

Big Bend's Over-wintering Shorebirds Depart for Points North
Coastal Conservation

Big Bend's Over-wintering Shorebirds Depart for Points North

Pat and Doris Leary's stunning photo-log of Avocets, White Pelicans, and more

Hurricane Matthew Assessment: Beach Dunes Better Than Seawalls
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Beach Dunes Better Than Seawalls

Analysis of impacts from Hurricane Matthew shows nature can produce a more resilient coastline than rocks and concrete.

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