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

Coastal Water Crisis Update - June 30, 2016
Everglades

Coastal Water Crisis Update - June 30, 2016

Audubon's new weekly newsletter series to address the emergency in our coastal waters.

Eric Draper: Good News for Lanark Reef and Other Important Nesting Areas
Coastal Conservation

Eric Draper: Good News for Lanark Reef and Other Important Nesting Areas

Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Draper reflects on a recent visit to Lanark and shares some good news for Florida's coastal wildlife.

The Aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin
Coastal Conservation

The Aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin

Florida's coastal nesting birds are especially susceptible to tropical weather events.

Along a Battered Coastline, A Remarkable Story of Survival
Coastal Conservation

Along a Battered Coastline, A Remarkable Story of Survival

As expected, Tropical Storm Colin resulted in some terrible news for Florida's coastal nesting species. But there were some glimmers of hope.

Never Underestimate Mom
Coastal Conservation

Never Underestimate Mom

See photos of a remarkable Snowy Plover mother on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Florida Bay: An Ecological Collapse in the Making
Everglades

Florida Bay: An Ecological Collapse in the Making

Audubon’s Everglades scientists are warning of a major ecological collapse in Florida Bay related to a widespread seagrass die-off.

Water Quality and Storage Solutions to Ease Florida’s Coastal Water Crisis
Everglades

Water Quality and Storage Solutions to Ease Florida’s Coastal Water Crisis

Florida’s coastal waters are experiencing an unprecedented ecological collapse.

Young steward protects birds of Summer Haven
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Young steward protects nesting birds

Beach-nesting birds have a 9-year-old ally in a youthful bird steward

Audubon Florida Releases Bird Habitat Protection Recommendations for Coastal Engineering
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Audubon Florida Releases Bird Habitat Protection Recommendations for Coastal Engineering

Report recommendations will benefit American Oystercatchers and other imperiled shorebirds.

Free PDF: Audubon Florida Naturalist Magazine Spring 2016 - "It's a Baby Issue"
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Free PDF: Audubon Florida Naturalist Magazine Spring 2016 - "It's a Baby Issue"

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