Become a Northeast Florida Bird Steward
Florida has miles of beaches, yet only a few areas remain with the habitat needed by our beach-nesting birds. Bird stewards are critical to protecting these birds and their remaining habitat from disturbances.
What does it take to be a bird steward?
The most important thing you need to be a bird steward is the desire to help our beach-nesting birds have a successful nesting season! Once you have this, there are many people that will help supply you with the information you will need.
In general, these are the important details:
Why do the birds need us?
For most people, the beach is an area to play and relax. But it's important to remember that we share the beach with wildlife - and for several species of birds, a quiet beach is the only place they can nest and raise their young.
Disturbances of the birds – especially disturbances that make the parents take flight – threaten the survival of the young. Whether due to people coming too close or dogs running by, when parents flush off the nest, their eggs and chicks are exposed to the hot killing sun and ever-present predators like crows, gulls and raccoons. If the adults are disturbed repeatedly, they may even abandon their nests.
YOU can help prevent this. The more bird stewards we have volunteering at our local beaches, the better the chances for a successful season!