Although we were a little short-staffed this past weekend, the stewards who were able to come out made a positive impression. A Gulf-side steward (we don’t know who yet!) met Randy McCormick, the environmental manager at Rookery Bay and made a positive impression on him.
Meanwhile, Ellen met some great people at the lagoon. She writes:
There were a number of people who had never been to Tiger Tail and loved hearing about the birds. Two different people came to me after coming back across lagoon to say how much they enjoyed seeing all the birds and had lots of thanks for my information. It’s always nice when come by to let you know about their experience.
Finally, a few weeks ago Ken and Susan met members of the Marco Island Yacht Club, who were also quite complimentary of the stewards.
Back to the beach, the first skimmer colony has many fledged chicks, while to two colonies farther to the north are progressing as well, though they are not as far along. It seems that they have made it through their brush with Friday’s tropical storm. If you are on the Gulf side keep an eye out for late tern chicks. The nest that Mary Nelson helped to mark with wood stakes hatched successfully, and Steve reports the two chicks are still there.
We’ll be in the homestretch of the nesting season as we enter August, so if you want to get back out before the birds depart, sign up soon!