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Shorebird nesting begins in Charlotte County

Charlotte County
Posted at 11:56 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 11:56:19-05

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.  — Charlotte County officials are reminding people that Shorebird nesting season begins today.

Florida is home to many species of shorebirds and seabirds that nest on our coastal beaches. Charlotte County hosts three species of shorebirds, Wilson’s plover, Snowy plover, and American oystercatcher, and two species of seabirds, Least tern and Black skimmer.

Each nesting season, Charlotte County staff installs temporary fencing, stakes, string, flagging, and educational signs around solitary and colony nesting areas to provide a safe buffer zone for shorebirds to nest and raise their young.

When visiting Charlotte County coastal beaches please avoid posted shorebird/seabird nesting areas and leave your dog at home. Dogs are seen as predators and have the potential to disturb critical nesting activities.

To learn more about shorebird/seabird beach-nesting season click here.