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: many now choose to nest on gravel rooftops. However, these “beaches in the sky” have their own perils: chicks fall off roofs and perish. Audubon Florida's Rooftop Program  and “chick-checking” volunteers return these fallen chicks to their rooftops to rejoin their parents. Audubon staff work with building owners outside the nesting season to install fencing along unprotected rooftop edges to keep chicks from falling in subsequent seasons. 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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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

Red Tide Wreaks Havoc along Marco Island, Naples, and Ft. Myers
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Red Tide Wreaks Havoc along Marco Island, Naples, and Ft. Myers

A new algal bloom has killed fish, birds, sea turtles, and more.

Nesting Success Follows an Incoming Tide of Support
Coastal Conservation

Nesting Success Follows an Incoming Tide of Support

Little Talbot Island enjoys summer breeding success for coastal bird species.

New Panhandle Kiosks Educate Boaters about Offshore Seabird Nesting
Coastal Conservation

Boater Education Kiosks Convey Bird Conservation Needs

14 new boater education kiosks installed in eastern Panhandle

Black Skimmer Lost-and-Found Mystery
Coastal Conservation

Black Skimmer Lost-and-Found

Banded Black Skimmer pair spends winters apart and relocates each other three years running for the duration of nesting season.

The Least Tern, a Fascinating Bird That Needs Our Help
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The Fascinating Least Tern

Each summer I look forward to the return of the Least Terns and my time with them on the beach.

Shorebird Nesting Habitat Restoration Completed
Coastal Conservation

Shorebird Nesting Habitat Restoration Completed

Two sections of the relic St. George Island Causeway are ready for the birds!

Holiday Inn at Lido Key Partners with Audubon Bird Stewardship
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Holiday Inn at Lido Key Partners with Audubon Bird Stewardship

Black Skimmers and bird stewards benefit from Holiday Inn partnership

One Tough Survivor: Piping Plover A97
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One Tough Survivor: Piping Plover A97

The tale of a "snowbird" that survived 140+ mph winds

Algae, Algae Everywhere – Florida’s Water Crisis Makes Headlines Across the Country
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Algae, Algae Everywhere – Florida’s Water Crisis Makes Headlines Across the Country

Starving chicks, dead fish, and coughing fits are all signs that something is wrong.

Sharing the Shores: What You Can Do To Help Baby Beach Birds
Coastal Conservation

Sharing the Shores: What You Can Do To Help Baby Beach Birds

With a little consideration, people and birds can enjoy Florida's beaches together.

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