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Florida Panhandle Shorebird Working Group

 

Location: Escambia to Jefferson Counties

Formed: January 2007

Meet twice a year (spring and fall), in a variety of places. Past venues included : U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) office, Panama City and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. 

The Florida Panhandle Shorebird Working Group (FPSWG) was originally formed in January 2007 and now includes partners from federal, state, and local governments as well as non-governmental organizations and individuals. 

The goal of the FPSWG is to promote effective management for shorebirds on public and private lands along the coast and barrier islands of the Florida Panhandle. The FPSWG works towards its goal by engaging in the following efforts: 1) addressing and filling in information gaps, particularly by providing public and private land managers of important shorebird sites information about pertinent shorebird issues, 2) enhancing understanding of and concern for shorebird management issues by law enforcement officials, and 3) enhancing coordination, networking, and communication with biologists, land managers, volunteers, law enforcement, and the public involving pertinent shorebird issues. These efforts are achieved through extensive networking, communication, and appropriate actions taken between partners (biologists, land managers, volunteers, law enforcement, etc.).

The primary mechanisms by which information is exchanged between partners of the FPSWG have been through biannual meetings held in the Panama City area, a user group website, and regular e-mail and phone.

 

News

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Fun facts

- The Deepwater Horizon spill had a galvanizing effect on our partnership, and the partnership has proven invaluable as we move into Gulf Restoration post-spill (both for planning and group therapy).

- Because our region is so large, many members have to drive 2-3 hours one-way just to attend the meetings. As a result, our meetings are long to make it worth it and include lunch. Our members are devoted, because despite this time commitment, our ranks continue to grow (or maybe it’s the food?). Currently, we have more than 50 active members!

- Westward ho! We have hosted visitors from Alabama and Mississippi at our past meetings, in the hope of spreading our shorebird partnership model to other Gulf states.

 

Nesting Species

Snowy Plover Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
Willet Tringa semipalmata
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
Least Tern Sternula antillarum
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
Sooty Tern* Onychoprion fuscatus

 

Important Sites

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Panhandle West

1. Perdido Key State Park
Park contains: nesting habitat for Snowy Plover and Least Tern; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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2. Gulf Islands National Seashore- Perdido Key
Park contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns, Snowy Plovers, and Black Skimmers; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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3. Gulf Islands National Seashore- Ft. Pickens
Park contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns, Snowy Plovers, and Black Skimmers; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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4. Pensacola Beach
Area contains: nesting habitat for Least Terns and Black Skimmers. (posted seasonally)

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5. Gulf Islands National Seashore- Santa Rosa
Park contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns, Snowy Plovers, and Black Skimmers; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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6. Eglin AFB
Area contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns and Snowy Plovers; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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7. Eglin AFB- Eglin Pass
Area contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns and Snowy Plovers; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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8. St. Andrew's State Park
Park contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns and Snowy Plovers; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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9. Shell Island
Area contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns and Snowy Plovers; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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10. Tyndall AFB- Crooked Island West
Area contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns and Snowy Plovers; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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11. Tyndall AFB- Crooked Island East
Area contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns and Snowy Plovers; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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12. St. Joseph State Park
Park contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns, Black Skimmer, and Snowy Plover; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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13. St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns, Snowy Plover, and American Oystercatcher; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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 14. Little St. George Island
Area contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns, Snowy Plovers, and American Oystercatchers; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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15. Bird Island- Apalachicola
Area contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns and American Oystercatcher. (posted seasonally)

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16. St. George Island Causeway
Area contains: important nesting habitat for Black Skimmer, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, and American Oystercatcher. Sooty Tern has nested here as well. (posted seasonally)

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17. St. George Island State Park
Park contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns, Black Skimmer, Snowy Plover, and Am. Oystercatcher; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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18. Dog Island
Area contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns, and Snowy Plover; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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19. Lanark Reef
Area contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns, Black Skimmer, and American Oystercatcher; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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 Panhandle-East

20. Phipps Preserve
Preserve contains: important nesting habitat for Least Terns, Black Skimmer, Snowy Plover, and American Oystercatcher; and wintering habitat for shorebirds. (posted seasonally)

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21. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge contains: nesting habitat for Wilson

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