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Learn How to Identify Shorebirds

February 23, 2022

Spring is a great time to get out on the beaches of Southwest Florida to look for shorebirds and seabirds, but identification can be tricky as many of these birds are still in their non-breeding plumage. Learn how to identify Southwest Florida shorebirds through a virtual classroom session and a guided beach walk.


“We will go over the most commonly observed species on our beaches, how to tell them apart from one another, and how to identify some of our less-common visitors as well,” said SCCF Shorebird Biologist Aubrey Albrecht, who regularly monitors the islands’ beaches.


With the beginning of snowy plover nesting season and spring migration starting, March is a great time to get out on the beach and look for shorebirds.


Participants may choose to attend the virtual class only, or attend a guided walk led by Albrecht in addition to the presentation. (Walks are limited to those who attended the virtual presentation.) Due to COVID restrictions, groups will be kept to 10 participants. Participants must socially distance and/or wear masks if in close proximity to others at any time during the walk.


Please note that there are three kinds of tickets available:

1) Virtual classroom session only on Monday, March 14th at 9-10am.

2) Virtual classroom session (Monday, March 14, 9-10am) and walk on Wednesday, March 16, 8-9am.

3) Virtual classroom session (Monday, March 14, 9-10am) and walk on Thursday, March 17, 8-9am.


Register here!


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