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Winter Report for 2022

Hi Bird Friends,

I want to thank all of the winter shorebird stewarding volunteers who came out with me this winter! It was a wonderful winter stewarding season, I genuinely enjoyed bird watching and the lovely company of the volunteers who were able to come out and watch birds with me! Some highlights of our season:

Volunteers donated an estimated 44 hours of their time to winter shorebird stewarding in 2022. We educated an estimated 180 people about shorebirds. In all, we recorded 8,558 birds. We had a wonderful morning on the beach stewarding at Bunche last Sunday, there were lots of birds on the mudflat foraging, and many birds can be seen changing into their breeding plumage!

The above photo of the Killdeer is from Little Estero Island; she hatched four chicks this week, and I found my first snowy plover nest of the season too!

This Saturday, April 2nd there will be an Audubon Southwest Florida field trip at 8:00 AM to Bunche Beach to look at birds and learn more about shorebird volunteering opportunities for the rest of the year, as we have entered into breeding season! (18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33908, USA) If you’d like to know more about Shorebird Stewardship Rochelle Strecker, Southwest Florida Shorebird Project Manager for Audubon Florida, will be there to talk about Shorebird opportunities. Robin Serne

Audubon of Southwest Florida Lee Winter Shorebird Stewardship Coordinator 919-649-7158



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