The scene proven within the picture above by Georgia Wilson is what is meant to occur in colonies of Black Skimmers, a beach-nesting species discovered alongside the coasts of North America. Adults feed fish to their chicks, which develop and prosper in the identical locations their mother and father did. She took the picture in 2016 on Indian Shores seashore, on the Gulf coast of Florida.
Final week at one other seashore in Florida, that scene was marred when a number of folks disturbed a skimmer colony, in response to a story by WFTS, the ABC affiliate in Tampa Bay. The perpetrators knocked down indicators and fencing meant to guard the colony.
“They snuck in, in the midst of the night time,” Holley In need of Audubon Florida tells the TV station. “They set off a firework in the midst of the skimmers, which precipitated them to depart their eggs unattended, and by the following day, all the eggs had been eaten by crows.”
The story notes that 400 Black Skimmers returned the following day and Audubon volunteers put the fencing again as much as assist hold the birds protected. They’re hoping that the birds will re-nest.
The information got here simply as Audubon Florida posted a story advocating for beach-goers to provide birds area on seashores, particularly over Memorial Day weekend. Listed below are ideas from Audubon for making seashores safer for birds:
- Give nesting birds at the least 100 ft of distance or as a lot as doable. Indicators or folks will provide you with a warning to those areas, however some birds haven’t settled down to start out nesting but and may seem like they’re resting within the sand. Please keep away from strolling by way of flocks of birds on the higher seashore.
- If pets are permitted on seashores, hold them leashed and nicely away from birds.
- Take away trash and meals scraps, which are a magnet for predators that may even eat birds’ eggs and/or chicks.
- Don’t drive on seashore dunes or different nesting areas.
- Don’t convey fireworks wherever close to nesting birds.
- Know that it’s unlawful to disturb them.
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