Project Shorebird is a St. Petersburg Audubon Society initiative to educate the community on the impact of climate change on coastal bird populations.
2017 Welcoming the Shorebirds
2016 Welcoming the Shorebirds
Project Shorebird at St. Pete First Night
St. Petersburg Audubon /Project Shorebird partnered with Funktionhouse Urban Lumber and Furnishings in celebrating shorebirds at St. Petersburg's First Night celebration. Funktionhouse created wooden relief blocks depicting shorebirds in their coastal habitats. Adults and children created beautiful wooden relief prints to take home .
While St. Petersburg Audubon Society volunteers assisted with the printmaking project, other First Night participants “fed” the large Black Skimmer puppet. The Black Skimmer made an appearance every hour, scooping up silver fish from the crowd, and teaching some important lessons on the impact of climate change on these and other shorebirds. The puppet was designed by Eckerd College professor Jessica Thoenen.
Andrea Leavitt Anderson (center), Climate Change Chairperson, Wanda Dean (right) and volunteers describe the story of the life of a Black Skimmer with a shadow puppet.
SPAS had a great opportunity to talk about Audubon, local habitat and conservation. Also, the visitors were impressed with a replica of a Black Skimmer nest.
Thank you volunteers for your help creating art and fun with First Night participates celebrating shorebirds and the New Year.