Shorebird Stewardship Training
We will be having periodic informational sessions for individuals who are interested in becoming a Shorebird Stewart.
This is a wonderful way to learn more about shorebird behaviors around nesting time.
You will be amazed at how much more shorebird activity you notice after the training.
You'll meet seasoned stewards who love their times on the beaches. You'll have your questions answered by FWC and Audubon personnel.
Come see what the shorebird stewardship program is all about and decide if this is something you would like to do while out on the county beaches. We will post dates as they are scheduled.
We look forward to seeing you! For more information email Jean at RRolke@audubon.org
Click here to see our "Become A Bird Steward" Flyer
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!
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:
Meet the birds you'll be helping!
Where do they nest?
Ready to help? Click the "Sign-up Now!" button to get detailed information about each stewarding location and schedule your first shift!
Want to learn more? View our collection of informative videos, brochures, and sites.
Share the Beach with Beach-Nesting Birds
FWC brochure about beach-nesting birds.
Learn more about the birds! Click a name below for details from Audubon's online Guide to North American Birds.