April 24, 2014

Beach-Nesting Birds: Florida’s Original Beach Babies

Speaker: Bonnie Samuelsen

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Social at 7:00 p.m.
Program at 7:30 p.m.
Historic Amtrak Station, 918 Railroad Avenue

Bonnie Samuelsen with some beach friends

Bonnie Samuelsen with friends–at the beach

Did you know beach-nesting birds like Snowy Plovers, Black Skimmers, American Oystercatchers and Least Terns lay their eggs on top of the sand and raise their young on our local beaches? Chicks less than 6 inches tall can be seen feeding along dunes, coastal lakes and the tidal zone. Want to see it for yourself? Dramatic courtship displays and the sight of adorable chicks taking their first steps await you!

Join Bonnie Samuelsen, Project Manager for Audubon Florida’s Coastal Bird Stewardship Program for an amazing photo presentation to learn more about these rare and declining birds and the statewide efforts to protect them.

Bonnie first discovered beach nesting birds over 15 years ago and became actively involved in 2005 with state wide efforts. Both volunteering and working with Sarasota Audubon Society, Florida Fish and Wildlife Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, she has been busy conducting surveys, posting nest sites, working with communities and developing volunteer stewardship programs. She was an early member of the Suncoast Shorebird Partnership that ultimately grew into FWC’s Florida Shorebird Alliance. Bonnie is now the Project Manager for Audubon Florida’s Coastal Bird Stewardship Program in the Panhandle.