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St. Johns and Flagler Shorebird Partnership


Location: St. Johns and Flagler Counties

Formed: March 2006

Meet twice a year, pre- and post-season. St. Augustine Alligator Farm will likely become our regular meeting place.

The St. Johns Shorebird Partnership includes partners from federal, state, and local governments as well as non-governmental organizations and individuals. In 2014, Flagler County officially joined the partnership. 

The mission of the St. Johns and Flagler Shorebird Partnership is to maintain or increase populations of breeding, migratory, and wintering shorebirds in St. Johns and Flagler Counties. The partnership achieves this through collaborative efforts between key agencies, organizations, and individuals involved with the management, monitoring, and stewardship of shorebirds within the counties.

Major responsibilities of partners include: posting a network of key shorebird nesting areas, monitoring populations of breeding, migratory, and wintering shorebirds, educating the public about shorebirds, helping develop and implement management strategies, and notifying law enforcement agencies of wildlife violations. The partnership promotes the philosophy that people and shorebirds can co-exist on the beach together when sustainable management strategies are implemented.



Click here to see the latest information and news from St. John's and Flagler Shorebird Partnership.


Fun facts

- The St. Johns Partnership is the oldest FSA partnership along the Atlantic coast of Florida. It was initiated in 2006 by Ned and Teddy Shuler of St. Johns County Audubon and Alex Kropp of FWC. St. Johns is generally recognized as the most important county along the Atlantic coast of Florida for beach-nesting Least Terns. Important sites in St. Johns include Porpoise Point, Anastasia State Park, Fort Matanzas National Monument, and Summer Haven.

- This partnership has always had a special energy and a very committed workforce of conservation partners. One reason the partnership is so strong (besides Teddy’s legendary trail mix!) is due to the wide variety of state, local, federal, and NGO participation. This allows us to accomplish intensive monitoring and stewarding at priority sites. Partners use Google Groups to communicate weekly on monitoring and stewarding activities during the nesting season.


Important Sites

1. Tolomato and Matanzas Rivers
These are part of the GTMNERR Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, where you can find various oyster rakes for American Oystercatchers.

2. Anastasia State Park
Least Terns, Wilson's Plovers, and Willets typically nest at this state park. (posted seasonally)
See Aerial

3. Porpoise Point

Least Tern and Wilson's Plovers used to nest along these beaches, but much of the habitat has recently been lost to erosion.
See Aerial

4. Julia's Island (a.k.a. Bird Island)
Least Terns, American Oystercatchers, and Wilson's Plovers nest here. (posted seasonally)
See Aerial

5. Matanzas Inlet Critical Wildlife Area
There is major erosion in this CWA, but it still hosts nesting Wilson's Plovers. Formerly a huge Least Tern nesting area. (posted seasonally)
See Aerial

6. Summer Haven
One of the largest Least Tern nesting colonies in St. John's County, this area is slated to be dredged this year. Nesting habitat will be created as part of mitigation and hopefully Least Terns and Wilson's Plovers will continue to nest here. (posted seasonally)

See Aerial



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