BECOME A SHOREBIRD STEWARD
Audubon Chapters in Lee and Collier Counties have partnered with the state Florida Shorebird Alliance to form voluntary shorebird stewardship teams.
These teams work mostly on weekends and over holidays to
inform the beach-going public about the presence of nesting shorebirds and of the steps they can take to minimize impacts.
They educate interested members of the beach-going public about the biology and life history of nesting shorebirds. And when possible so as not to disturb the birds, they assist with the viewing of the birds' natural behavior at nesting sights.
They collect data on nesting counts and occurrences and causes of any disturbances. The data provide important information regarding the conservation efforts of this vital habitat.
Interested in Being a Shorebird Steward?
Volunteers are needed, and you don't have to have any prior experience--just curiosity and love for birds. All stewards receive training in beach and "rooftop" stewardship and in counting birds. Tasks and schedules are flexible, whether you can work only one weekend or every weekend.
Audubon of Southwest Florida
Lee Winter Shorebird Stewardship Coordinator
Hannah Richardson, Assistant Steward
SW Florida Shorebird Project Manager
Periodically, we will provide updates from our Shorebird Stewards, regarding bird and nest counts or providing any additional calls for action or assistance. Please go to "Our Birding Blog" (under the News Tab above) to get our latest updates.
inform - educate - observe - protect
OUR FLORIDA SHOREBIRD ALLIANCE PARTNERSHIP
VIDEO COURTESY OF AUDUBON NORTH CAROLINA
The Florida Shorebird Alliance (FSA) is a statewide partnership of government and non-government organizations committed to advancing shorebird and seabird conservation in Florida through coordinated and collaborative work that helps identify and address important needs with regard to research, management, education, outreach, and public policy.
Because the FSA is a partnership organization, it accommodates a wide range of views on the best strategies to conserve shorebirds and seabirds. However, all partners share the same overall vision of establishing areas where seabird and shorebird populations are viable and managed in balance with human activities.