Category Archives: Natural History

Other Terns on Sand Dollar

Least Terns are the only species of tern that breed in Collier County, but they are not the only species of tern that can be seen on Sand Dollar, especially on mudflats on the lagoon side. Royal Terns breed elsewhere … Continue reading

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How Shorebirds Keep Cool

On sunny days, you will probably notice that many of the terns and skimmers at the colony are sitting or standing around with their mouths open. If you get a good look at a chick, you will notice they, too, … Continue reading

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Sea Pork Alert

Hi All, Today there is lots of sea pork washing up on the Marco Island beach–flesh color, bright orange and black. The black is being mistaken for tar balls. How can you tell the difference between sea pork and a … Continue reading

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Where Do the Birds Winter?

As the nesting season draws down, you may notice that there seems to be fewer adults and fledglings to be seen on Sand Dollar. At first the reason for this is that once they have finished nesting for the season, … Continue reading

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More Oil Look-alikes

We’ve heard about sea pork and sea squirts being mistaken for oil, but other naturally occuring substances can also fool people. To help prevent confusion, our Collier County Sea Grant Agent, Bryan Fluech, posted an article about the topic on … Continue reading

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A Little Tern Humor

The British paper, the Daily Mail, has published a news story and photographs featuring a Least Tern, its chick, and a rather large baitfish. This illustrates perfectly one of the reasons that I, personally, enjoy birds so much: They’re really … Continue reading

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Oil Information Reminder

Local wildlife and environmental professionals, like Nancy Richie, are fielding questions from citizens about whether something strange they saw on the beach was oil or not. Even with the capping of the leaking well, there is still a lot of … Continue reading

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