shorebirds

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Volleyball goes on despite unresolved shorebird issues

Bulldog Beach Volleyball held its inaugural tournament Sunday for new volleyball courts built alongside the Springhill Suites on Navarre Beach. The successful beach volleyball program is an arm of Navarre Beach Sports and Recreation LLC, owned by volleyball professional Judd Smith and Kim Larson. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre […]

Audubon walkers explore beach ecosystem

Audubon walkers explore beach ecosystem

With cameras and binoculars in hand, residents and visitors trekked into the still-wild parts of Navarre Beach Oct. 30 during the first ever Nature Walk with Florida Audubon. Audubon Western Florida Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala guided the group through the conservation and recreational lands near Santa Rosa Sound and along the Navarre Beach […]

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

In an attempt to better protect natural sand dunes, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation has agreed to donate $1,200 of signage to Santa Rosa County. The signs will replace a handful of metal stake boards posted along the northern edge of the beach’s sand dunes. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

More than $3 million in improvements coming to Navarre Beach

Construction of additional picnic pavilions and parking facilities in the Navarre Beach Marine Park will get underway shortly after Labor Day, according to Santa Rosa County Grants and Special Programs Director Sheila Fitzgerald. The planned improvements are funded largely by a roughly $2 million Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant through the Florida Department of […]

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 […]

The birds are back in town

The birds are back in town

Navarre Beach’s feathery migrators have returned for another nesting season. Black skimmers with their long, snap-trap-like beaks and squeaking, scissor-winged least terns have flown the hundreds of miles from South America to once again lay their eggs in colonies along the beaches of Navarre Beach. Audubon Panhandle Shorebird Program Manager Caroline Stahala led a team […]

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. […]

Cold snap stuns beach wildlife

Cold snap stuns beach wildlife

Despite the sun beaming down from a nearly cloudless sky, sheets of ice still were still lingering around the edges of tidal pools along Santa Rosa Sound at midmorning last Friday. Standing at the water’s edge, Jeff Waldorf looks like something out of a science fiction film. He slowly turns his head back and forth, […]

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.

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. […]

Sand Sculpting gives way to scrutinized dredging

Sand Sculpting gives way to scrutinized dredging

Planning for the sixth annual Navarre Beach Sand Sculpting Festival next April consumed considerable time and effort from Santa Rosa County tourism development leaders before the event was abruptly doomed last week by, of all things, sand. The scheduled April 15-16 festival boasted a budget of $55,000 in bed tax funding despite a spat between […]

New chick signs

New chick signs

Personnel from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) posted four, bright yellow signs on the Navarre Beach Causeway Bridge Friday hoping that they will help slow traffic passing through a shorebird nesting area. The signs are the latest effort to protect the shorebirds and their chicks that are not yet able to fly. […]