The Black Skimmer, a black and white seabird with a red and black tip, is in need of stewardship! Beach birds are an essential part of the beach experience and our community hopes to protect these birds for their generations and our generations to come. The Sarasota chapter of Audubon is preparing to train volunteers for beach nesting stewardship and training in Lido Key on April 28th from 8-10 am in front of the Holiday Inn.
Original article found on sarasotaaudubon.org by Holley Short and Kylie Wilson
It is that time again!
Please join Audubon Florida for the upcoming stewardship training and orientation!
This event is for new stewards, past stewards and those interested in learning more about the program in general. Topics covered will include: dogs on the beach, kites and other toys, wildlife violations, and how to strike up an educational conversation.
Our stewardship coordinator for this season is Kylie Wilson, and she will be attending the training session to meet everyone!
Lido Key Training: April 28th, 8:00am – 10:00 am
This training will focus on stewardship for the Black Skimmer colony. Meet at the public beach located in front of the Holiday Inn – this is the location of last year’s colony.
You are strongly encouraged to attend! Stewards will be able to meet their coordinator, learn more about interacting with the public, and explore the educational materials we use. You will also be able to pick up your 2018 t-shirt, which are reserved for stewards that can commit to at least two shifts. You will also be able to ask questions and meet the regional FWC shorebird biologist, Morgan Parks.
Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested in learning more about the bird stewardship program
You can also find the Facebook events on the Sarasota-Manatee Bird Stewards Facebook page.