Lee County beaches are host to beach nesting birds from April 1st through August 31st. These birds nest on our coastal beaches, barrier islands, spoil islands, causeways, construction sites, gravel roofs, and coral rock islands. Gravel roof top nesting has grown in popularity in the recent years due to increased population and activity in our coastal communities.
To become a Shorebird Steward and help protect these valuable species, please contact Brad Cornell, Southwest Florida Policy Associate, Collier County Audubon Society/Audubon Florida at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Common Species of Beach Nesting Birds in Lee County:
- Least Tern Sternula antillarum
- Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
- Snowy Plover Charadius alexandrines
- American Oystercatcher Haemotopus palliatus
- Wilson's Plover Charadius wilsonia
- Willet Tringa semipalmata
Common Courtesy When Interacting with Shorebirds:
- Minimize nest disturbance by respecting posted areas on beaches
- Avoid walking on or near the wrack line which is typically used for foraging
- No vehicle operation near nesting areas
- Keep pets leashed and away from all bird colonies and beach nesting birds
- Keep distance from the birds
- Don't intentionally force birds to fly
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation - Beach Nesting Bird Brochure
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation - Beach Nesting Bird Reference Guide
Identification Card of Beach Nesting Birds
Florida Shorebird Database
Florida Shorebird Alliance
All photos taken by Eva Furner at Little Estero Island CWA on Fort Myers Beach, FL.