Least Terns

Shorebird nesting boosted by quiet storm season

Shorebird nesting boosted by quiet storm season

After two years of dwindling nest numbers, shorebirds along Navarre Beach produced nearly 100 chicks that reached fledgling status. Audubon Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala said this has been a good year for black skimmers and least terns, both listed as threatened species by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Read […]

Help wanted: Babysitters for shorebird chicks

Help wanted: Babysitters for shorebird chicks

Along the shoulder of the Navarre Beach bridge, roughly 100 threatened shorebird chicks have started to emerge from their eggs. Audubon Florida needs volunteers to help chick-sit. The causeway has served for many years as a nesting area for both black skimmers and least terns, said Audubon Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala. Read […]

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 […]

Local children restore sand dunes

Local children restore sand dunes

With shovels and sea oats in hand, dozens of children of all ages set to work June 7 restoring vegetation along the Navarre Beach sand dunes at the foot of the fishing pier as part of Planting for Protection. The event was a partnership between the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station and Dune Doctors to […]

Least terns find innovative solution for nesting dilemma

Least terns find innovative solution for nesting dilemma

As development and visiting tourists make it harder to find flat, undisturbed sandy space along the Gulf of Mexico’s beaches, endangered least terns have come up with an interesting solution: rooftops. The birds are nesting on top of grocery stores, schools and shopping centers. It seems like a stretch from their normal homes, but when […]

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 […]

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. […]