We are happy to share that the shorebird fencing was installed today. It runs for roughly half a mile down the beach to Jeremy's Inlet. Last season we had several Wilson's Plovers and Least Terns nest successfully. These species are also considered threatened, as their population is lower then it should be.
Just a reminder that if you are visiting the beach, to stay out of this roped off area and to keep your dogs on a leash, as even a friendly and good behaving dog can frighten the shorebirds. These birds are highly susceptible to disturbance and will choose to leave and nest elsewhere if they deem the area unsuitable.
Thank you for caring for the other species that nest on the beach!
Do you know the difference between shorebirds and seabirds?
Diet - They have different diets. Shorebirds prefer to feed on invertebrates found in the soil, whereas seabirds feed on fish
Nesting - Shorebirds are solitary nesters, whereas seabirds prefer to nest in colonies
Defense - Shorebirds use camouflage and distraction to protect the nest, whereas seabirds defend nests by dive bombing, calling loudly, etc.
The Wilson's Plover is a shorebird and the Least Tern is a seabird.
Sea Turtle Biologist