HALIFAX RIVER AUDUBON
A Florida Chapter of the National Audubon Society
Serving greater Daytona Beach area
Founded 1923

 

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The coast of Florida provides habitat for sea turtles and many species of shorebirds to nest and raise their young.  Using climate change data, scientists with National Audubon Society recently found that 318 bird species are at risk of extinction due to drastic shifts in their breeding or winter distributions.  Learn about becoming a Climate Change Messenger here.

Volusia County, in cooperation with the Florida Shorebird Alliance, has posted signs and a string fence on Disappearing Island.  Volunteers are needed to monitor the area in case the Least Terns which nested here last year will return.  Disappearing Island is a large sandbar which lies at the west side of Ponce Inlet.  Volunteers need to provide their own transportation to the island via kayak or boat.  If you can provide help, contact David Hartgrove at 386-788-2630 or birdman9@earthlink.com

 

April 1, 2015:  Piping Plover, Charadrius melodus.  This small, pale, chunky plover with a large rounded head, short thick neck and very stubby bill is a globally threatened and endangered.  All plummages show orange-yellow legs and a pale face with prominent dark eyes.  Breeding along the Atlantic Coast from Newfoundland to North Carolina, they are short- to intermediate-distance migrants, wintering primarily on the Gulf Coast.  Dan Gribbin captured this shot at Lighthouse Point in Ponce Inlet in January. 

Using a typical plover-style foraging method, Piping Plovers run-stop-scan to spot food, then lean down and pick at the surface.  They also employ a "foot-trembling" feeding method which causes prey to move, making it more conspicuous.  They feed by day and night.  Seldom found in large groups, they are more typically seen in pairs or 3-4 individuals.  When approached, they often run rather than fly.

 
Share the beach w/nesting birds; tips from Nat'l Aud. How to remove fishing line from a hooked bird
For deeply embedded or swallowed hooks, or injuries to wings and legs call:
Marine Science Center(386) 304-5530, After Hours 386-561-0624

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