As many of you may already know, with this weekend the 2010 nesting shorebird season in Collier County is over. Thanks to everyone for helping to make the first year of the stewarding program a success!
Overall, it appears that our nesting shorebirds–Wilson’s Plovers, Least Terns, and Black Skimmers–enjoyed a successful summer, despite the storm in August. Since most healthy, experienced individuals nest early in the season, most shorebirds had fledged their chicks by then, and so were relatively unaffected. Not only did Sand Dollar enjoy good success, other area colonies (Key Island, the sandbar south of Cape Romano) also fared well. We’ll have a more detailed post with some rough numbers for you later.
Finally, with the season ending, we’d like to have a party for the stewards. In order to avoid Labor Day weekend and some member’s prior engagements, we’re looking at Sunday, September 19. Let Jane know via e-mail if this would work for you. We hope as many people as possible can make it, and we hope to see you all next year for year two of shorebird stewarding!