Audubon Florida steps up to protect shorebirds

On a hot and humid July afternoon Lori Bell and a handful of volunteers for the Audubon Society were on the Navarre Beach Causeway as traffic rolled past them.

Their purpose was to erect fencing for the shorebirds along the causeway and a couple of other spots on Navarre Beach in an effort to protect the birds, particularly the chicks which are now learning to fly.

“They aren’t that great at it yet. They are kind of like 16-year-old drivers right now. It’s really helpful if the drivers slow down on the roads.”

Bell is the steward for Audubon Florida and said volunteers are always needed to help protect the shorebirds and educate the community on the importance of being cautious around the birds.

There are approximately 90 nests near Navarre Beach this year, which is a number that Bell believes is lower than last year.

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Fencing was erected for the shorebirds along the causeway and a couple of other spots.

Fencing was erected for the shorebirds along the causeway and a couple of other spots.

Volunteers are always needed to help protect the shorebirds and educate the community to exert caution around them.

Volunteers are always needed to help protect the shorebirds and educate the community to exert caution around them.

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