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
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
- Minimize nest disturbance by respecting posted areas on
- 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.
All photos taken by Eva Furner at Little Estero Island CWA on Fort Myers