​​​​​Lee County beaches are host to beach nesting birds from April 1 through Aug. 31.  These birds nest on our coastal beaches, barrier islands, spoil islands, causeways, construction sites, gravel roofs and coral rock islands. Gravel rooftop nesting has grown in popularity in 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 bcornell@collieraudubon.org

Common Species of Beach Nesting Birds in Lee County:​​​​
pictures of shorebirds

  • 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.
  • Don't operate vehicles 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.​​

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All photos taken by Eva Furner at Little Estero Island CWA on Fort Myers Beach, FL