Conservation Season is in High Gear

As tourism season ends, something else is flocking to Florida’s beaches. It’s the time of year where coastal birds come home to roost and sea turtles begin to lay their eggs in the sand. There are some simple ways you can help Florida’s wildlife flourish.

Shorebirds nest on Tigertail Beach on Marco Island in Florida.
Shorebirds nest on Tigertail Beach on Marco Island in Florida.

First, always obey posted signs and warnings. Although you might not be able to get up close to nesting birds,there are plenty of opportunities to see them during this crucial time in their lives.

Second, don’t ;linger or crowd the nests. There’s a desire to spend a lot of time watching the birds or other animals in a uniquely intimate setting, but too much attention could agitate the animals and possibly cause them to leave the nests. Experts recommend no more than 10 minutes at a nesting site.

Up and down Florida beaches sea turtles are nesting right now.
Up and down Florida beaches sea turtles are nesting right now.

Lastly, don’t publicize the locations of the nest. I feel comfortable showing the Tigertail beach site because it is so large and right in the middle of a public beach. It also is well marked and patrolled by wildlife rangers. There are many sights around Florida where you might be the only person watching a nest. By showing where it is, you could be creating problems for the birds.

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