black skimmers

New courts on Navarre Beach could disrupt nesting

New courts on Navarre Beach could disrupt nesting

Work is underway to bring new volleyball courts to Navarre Beach, but feathery residents and conservation laws could derail that project – and the tourist revenue that would come with it. Plans call for construction of 10 to 15 volleyball courts on the vacant property directly west of the Springhill Suites by Marriott. Read the […]

Shorebird season underway at Gulf Islands

Shorebird season underway at Gulf Islands

The first shorebird nest was discovered at Gulf Islands National Seashore late last week, meaning shorebird season is officially back. The seashore provides a nesting habit for several species of ground nesting shorebirds, including least terns, snowy plovers, Wilson’s plovers and black skimmers. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Rough year for shorebirds

Rough year for shorebirds

For the second year in a row, shorebird nesting season has produced fewer chicks than initially anticipated, impacting at-risk species such as least terns and black skimmers. This season started with a positive outlook, but weather conditions wreaked havoc on the nests, said Audubon Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala. Along Navarre Beach there […]

Storm takes heavy toll on shorebirds but evidence of re-nesting heartens wildlife protectors

Storm takes heavy toll on shorebirds but evidence of re-nesting heartens wildlife protectors

After Tropical Storm Cindy battered the Panhandle, Audubon researchers found that the storm wiped out many of the shorebird chicks and eggs along northwest Florida’s coastline, including Navarre Beach. Roughly 230 eggs and chicks were lost to torrential rain and rising seas when the storm lashed the Gulf Coast last month, said Caroline Stahala, shorebird […]

Volunteers join forces to protect shorebird nests

Volunteers join forces to protect shorebird nests

The birds are back and nesting on Navarre Beach, and once again the community has come together to protect these endangered species and their critical breeding habitat. Approximately 50 volunteers from the community, Navarre High School JROTC, local Boy Scouts and the Emerald Coast photo club joined Audubon Florida in preparing for the endangered least […]

Shorebirds are back

Shorebirds are back

Shorebird season has started along the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The seashore provides a nesting habitat for several species of ground nesting shorebirds. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Snowbirds go bird spotting

Snowbirds go bird spotting

While the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station usually focuses on educating young minds about marine ecosystems and studies, the station took on a much older crowd of students Feb. 8 during their snowbirds bird watching event. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 14

DEMOCRATS IN THE U.S. HOUSE SAY TRUMP DONATION TO BONDI SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED House Democrats are calling for a federal criminal investigation into an improper $25,000 donation Donald Trump’s charity made to a political group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi after her office said it was weighing legal action against Trump University. ROYAL CARIBBEAN […]

Audubon Florida steps up to protect shorebirds

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 […]

Rooftops provide nesting alternative for shorebirds

Rooftops provide nesting alternative for shorebirds

When beaches are overcrowded, birds search for other habitats for nesting. Gravel rooftops seem to be a popular choice. Numbers are on the rise according to Emily McKiddy, the Northwest Florida Rooftop Nesting Coordinator for Audubon Florida. “I’d say that the birds are increasing their nontraditional nesting locations,” McKiddy said. “They are also nesting heavily […]

Shorebirds return for another nesting season

Shorebirds return for another nesting season

Shorebirds are back on the beach and Gulf Islands National Seashore is making an effort to keep the migratory birds safe during their nesting season. The efforts include reducing the speed limit to 25 miles per hour through the parks and educating visitors on the importance of staying out of nesting areas on the beach. […]

Black skimmers expected to become threatened species

Black skimmers expected to become threatened species

It’s that time of year. Migratory ground nesting shorebirds, such as black skimmers, are back –  some from as far away as South America. As a result, local speed limits along beach roads have been reduced. Stretches of Earle Bowden Way, which runs through Gulf Islands National Seashore connecting Navarre and Pensacola beaches, have already […]