Like all Floridians, our lives and work have been impacted by the global pandemic. As partners in shorebird conservation, many of our routine breeding season activities have been disrupted. Although bird monitoring, stewarding and management have been impacted in a variety of ways, many of us are finding ways to continue work with additional safety protocols in place.
What has not been impacted by this crisis is the ability to be a shorebird-friendly beachgoer. During the spring and summer, shorebirds and seabirds depend on beaches and coasts to raise the next generation of young. With Memorial Day weekend here and unprecedented numbers of beachgoers, all Floridians are being invited to lead by example by being good stewards of the beach.
Boaters and beachgoers can make a big difference for Florida’s vulnerable nesting shorebirds and seabirds by taking simple steps:
The 2020 breeding season is unusual, and this season’s data will reflect this. Because we expect the data to be anomalous this year, each observation is even more important. Here are a few ways you may be able to help:
The health and safety of Floridians and visitors is top priority. The FWC is in close communication with the Governor’s Office and the Florida Department of Health regarding the most recent COVID-19 status and guidance.
For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, visit Florida Covid-19 Response or contact the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID‐19 Call Center by calling 866‐779‐6121 or emailing COVIDemail@example.com
The Florida Shorebird Alliance (FSA) is a statewide network of local partnerships committed to advancing shorebird and seabird conservation in Florida. FSA partners collaborate to identify and address important needs regarding research, management, education, outreach, and public policy. The FSA accommodates a wide range of views on the best strategies to conserve shorebirds and seabirds. However, all partners share the same goal of establishing areas where seabird and shorebird populations are viable and managed in balance with human activities.