The Fourth of July holiday weekend is over! Thanks to everyone who came out, despite gray skies, to help the birds! We’ll see how the dust settles, but it seems like we had most of our shifts covered, which was no mean feat, considering we expanded to try to cover most of the day from the 3rd-5th. I know Nancy and I did not get to do our evening shift on the Fourth due to the weather, and Celeste had to hurry off of Sand Dollar this afternooon, so if anyone else had to scrub because of the rain, don’t worry. The weather probably put a damper on beach attendance, so hopefully everyone found their shifts manageable and fun–and if you did (or didn’t), let us know!
Working on the Gulf side, I’m amazed at how many people don’t even notice the chicks. If you’re on the Gulf, this makes your job easy: You just have to “introduce” people to them. People really enjoy seeing the skimmers’ goofy-looking chicks. All three of the colonies looked to be in good shape, and Collier County seems to be on track for a successful nesting season. All the better for the species as a whole, as other populations are in the areas affected by the oil spill. So thanks again for your hard work, and we hope you can make it out again on another weekend!