SCCF invites you to view our NEW animated shorebird conservation video produced by The City of Sanibel, in partnership with SCCF, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, and Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society.
This short, educational video highlights the threats shorebirds face every day and showcases simple ways residents and visitors can be good neighbors to shorebirds and other coastal wildlife.
Our shorebird nesting season begins in February and goes through August. Among the shorebirds facing conservation challenges are threatened species such as snowy plovers, least terns, and Wilson's plovers.
Many coastal shorebird species are facing significant threats from habitat loss to interference in nesting activities. Shorebird couples create small scrapes or depressions in the sand and lay approximately 3 eggs, which blend in with the sand and are very difficult for beachgoers to see.
Disturbances such as close-range loud noises, unleashed pets, and human activity too close to nesting areas can cause adult shorebirds to flush away from their nests, leaving separated chicks vulnerable to predators and the natural elements, and potentially stepped on by beachgoers.
Please follow these guidelines to protect our feathery friends:
Teach visitors, neighbors, and children these conservation tips!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any shorebird nesting sightings or disturbances. On Sanibel, violations of wildlife ordinances may be subject to City, State, and/or Federal fines and penalties and should be reported immediately to the Sanibel Police Department at (239) 472-3111.