Black Skimmers, Least Terns, American Oystercatchers, White Ibis, Brown Pelicans, Wilson’s Plovers, Sandwich Terns, Royal Terns, Pelicans, Laughing Gulls and many more have nested on the Refuge islands and beaches. Beautiful wading birds grace the shoreline including the seldom seen white morph Reddish Egret.
Most people don’t know that our birds nest on the beaches. They are familiar that sea turtles nest, but not the birds. Interested beach visitors ask why we are sitting under an umbrellas with beach chairs and binoculars. Then they discover the roped off bird areas. As stewards, we help educate beach visitors about the beach nesting birds. We keep our eyes open for dogs on the beaches. Dogs can decimate a nesting colony in just a few minutes. We also keep alert for beach visitors who unknowingly wander into closed areas. Stewards do make a difference for a nesting colony.
Interested in volunteering as a bird steward? We’d love to have you! Please complete the form below and we'll reach out to you with details and next steps. Thank you!
Egmont Key NWR is disappearing at a rapid rate due to erosion from storm related high tides, high wind events, boat wakes, and sea level rise. If no steps are taken to prevent erosion, this important island will disappear into Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico forever. Help us Save Egmont Key!