A new group of shorebird stewards received their training Saturday, April 22 at Tigertail Beach. They heard from Audubon biologists Adam DiNuovo and Alli Smith on the importance of protecting the nesting colonies and how to sharebasic beach biology with beachgoers during the summer nesting season.
Adam DiNuovo, program manager of Audubon Florida’s Collier Stewardship Program, is anxiously anticipating the arrival of thousands of imperiled coastal birds to start their annual breeding cycle onMarco’s beaches. According to Brad Cornell of Audubon of Western Everglades, the Big Marco Pass Critical Wildlife Area, aka Sand Dollar Island, and the Second Chance Sandbar Critical Wildlife Area hosted the most productive colonies in the entire state last year.
They had over 1,000 fledged chicks of threatened black skimmers and least terns. And they would have failed without the constant presence of the shorebird stewards on Marco’s beaches, along with the help of a very informed beachgoing public.