Coastal Conservation

Become a Bird Steward

Volunteer to help protect our beautiful beach birds!

Beach-nesting birds, such as terns and plovers, are struggling to survive in Florida, often because of the intense disturbance by recreational beachgoers. We are recruiting volunteers to assist with on-the-ground wildlife and habitat management in Florida. 

What you need: A few hours to spend at the beach and a willingness to learn and share information about our nesting birds.

What we provide: Training and support to allow you to be effective and have fun while protecting wildlife.

Florida Panhandle

  • Locations where we work include rooftops and beaches throughout the Panhandle

Apply here for Northwest Florida/Panhandle

Tampa Bay/Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries

Apply here for Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries

West/Southwest Florida

  • Locations where we work include beaches and rooftops in Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties

Apply here for West/Southwest Florida

South/Southwest Florida:

  • Lee County beaches include Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area of Fort Myers Beach, North Captiva Island, and other areas. 
  • Collier County beaches include Big Marco Pass, Second Chance, and Caxambas Critical Wildlife Areas and other areas. 

Apply here for South/Southwest Florida

Northeast Florida: 

  • Timucuan Shorebird Partnership beaches include Huguenot Memorial Park, Talbot Islands, Ft. Clinch, and others.
  • St. Johns Flagler Shorebird Partnership beaches include Anastasia State Park, Julia’s Island, Ft. Matanzas, and others.

Apply here for Northeast Florida

All stewarding is undertaken in cooperation with the Florida Shorebird Alliance.


Nesting Season for Coastal Birds Has Begun!
Coastal Conservation

Nesting Season for Beach Birds Has Begun!

Sea and shorebirds flock to Florida's coastline in the spring and summer for breeding and nesting season.

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Birding Near Nesting Seabirds and Shorebirds: Keeping Birds Safe
Coastal Conservation

Birding Near Nesting Seabirds and Shorebirds: Keeping Birds Safe

Not disturbing wildlife is key to ensuring areas near nest sites remain open to birders and the general public.

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