Beach-Nesting Birds

Thank you. After more than 9 years of working and developing a successful Beach Nesting Bird Program, in the late summer of 2015, SPAS board members met with a Audubon Florida representative  After quite a bit of discussion, St. Pete Audubon was asked if they would relinquish the program to Audubon Florida and Florida Fish and Wildlife. Our understanding was their goal and reason was, to not only finance this endeavor, but they were going to utilize this program for nesting shorebirds on beaches and roof tops throughout the state of Florida. 

A big thank you to all our volunteers and financial supporters that made this program so successful. Hope to see some of you volunteering this coming season and wishing them success in managing this program on such a large scale. The success of this program is dependent on volunteers.

These recipients went far above and beyond helping us to support the Beach-Nesting Bird program.

Extra Ordinary Volunteers

2015 Bird Steward Program Report

Saskia Janes, St. Petersburg Audubon BIrd Steward Program Coordinator has written a comprehensive report of the 2015 season.  Please download and read the PDF version of this successful program.

2015 Bird Stewart Report

This program is grateful for the support and participation of volunteer Bird Stewards, an essential component of this program, as well as St. Petersburg Audubon Board and members of Audubon. Thanks also to partnerships with Florida Shorebird Alliance; Florida Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement; Town of Indian Shores - Mayor Jim Lawrence, Darlyn Stockfisch and Malcolm Green; Audubon Florida; Clearwater Audubon Society; Suncoast Shorebird Partnership; Eckerd College; Baystar Properties; Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges; Pinellas County Parks; Pinellas County Sheriff; Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary; and National Audubon Society. We are grateful to have Dave Hopkins, Paul Ingham (both from Clearwater Audubon) and Mel Rollins (St. Pete Audubon) donate their time and expertise to the actual posting construction process at the beginning of each season.

Black Skimmers and Chick photo by Jim Gray
Photo - Jim Gray

At Indian Shores, many beach visitors lit off fireworks near the boundaries of the beach-nesting bird areas. Many Black Skimmer (BLSK) chicks scattered as parents flew during all the fireworks.

No Fireworks  BLSK chick

Corralled BLSK chick  Setting Up Fence parameter
Photos - Kim Kandz

From Kevin Chrisman FB, former St. Pete Audubon Bird Steward

You all might enjoy this. On July 29, 2012, my friend Rob and I found this banded Semipalmated Plover while Bird Stewarding with St. Pete Audubon at Ft. DeSoto, in Pinellas County, FL. Luckily, Rob got a great photo! We reported the sighting at the time but never heard anything back. Thanks to groups like this, I found another contact who was banding SEPL and sent them the reisighting info. 


The photo bounced between a few researches and eventually I found out this from the Biologist who banded it: This guy "was captured on its nest and banded in 2011 on Niglintgak Island in the Kendall Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories. It was re-sighted on the breeding grounds in 2012 on Fish Island (just outside the sanctuary). It was not seen in 2013 or 2014. We weren’t at that study site in 2015; we plan to return there in 2020." That is a journey of just over 3555 miles!!! That is awesome.

SEPL's trek 
St. Petersburg Audubon Kandz, K,
Nov 11, 2015, 7:27 AM
St. Petersburg Audubon Kandz, K,
Oct 2, 2014, 7:08 PM