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Posted on January 19, 2018 by Admin

2018 Winter Shorebird Survey

2018 is the 10th anniversary of the Florida Winter Shorebird Survey (a.k.a. The First Friday in February Survey)!  We are enthused to again invite you to participate in the mid-winter survey that serves as a statewide snapshot of shorebirds and seabirds across the state. 

The primary objective of the Winter Shorebird Survey is to better understand the winter distribution of shorebirds and seabirds in Florida. This annual survey will allow us to recognize long-term trends or changes in winter population sizes and distribution. It will also help us identify key wintering sites- information that is much needed to guide future conservation efforts, particularly for our state or federally listed focal species.

If you plan to participate in this year’s survey please review the 2018 Protocol, review the list of routes and sign up for an existing route or add a new route on the Route Survey List.  After the survey is complete, please submit your data by March 1st into the Google Form. If you have questions about a route or the survey, please contact the Regional Coordinator in the protocol.

For the 2018 survey we made some changes intended to make it easier to sign up, survey, and submit data.  Some of the highlighted changes are:

  • Survey dates, February 2nd – 8th;

  • You can now sign up for or add a survey route without contacting a coordinator;

  • There is now an option to survey only focal species;

  • Black Skimmers were added to the focal species list;

  • GPS locations for flocks >50 non-focal species are now optional, rather than required.

We look forward to participating alongside you in this fun winter survey.  Thank you for contributing your vital data.  Please contact your coordinator if you have questions.

Happy Counting!

FSA Winter Survey Crew 


Posted on March 01, 2017 by Shea

Sign up for a Training Webinar

Do you plan to survey a route or monitor a rooftop this season?  If so, sign up for a Breeding Bird Protocol training webinar:

March 7 (1–2pm): Webinar for new surveyors.  Learn the basics of the Breeding Bird Protocol and how to enter surveys in the database.

March 8 (1–2pm): Webinar for returning surveyors. This refresher includes 2017 updates to the database and protocol review.

March 9 (1–2pm): Webinar for rooftop monitors. Learn the basics of monitoring seabirds and shorebirds on rooftops.

To sign up please email FLShorebirdDatabase@myfwc.com with the webinars you want to attend.  Details will be emailed to participants on March 6th.  The webinars will be recorded and available on the Florida Shorebird Database website later this spring.


Posted on February 01, 2017 by Shea

2017 Pre-season FSA Partnership Meetings

February 9: Florida Panhandle Shorebird Working Group, 10am-3:30pm, 810 Garden Club Dr., Panama City. Contact Ashley.Warren@myfwc.com

February 16: Southeast Florida Partnership, 11am-12:30pm,1850 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale  . Contact shorebird@myfwc.com

February 21: Collier County Partnership, 1-4pm, 300 Tower Rd, Naples. Contact adinuovo@audubon.org.

February 22: Lee County Partnership, time and location emailed. Contact anhinga42@comcast.net 

March 1: Volusia County Partnership, 1-4pm, Beach Safety Headquarters, 3rd floor conference room, 515 S. Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach.  Contact jwinters@volusia.org.

March 2: St. John’s/Flagler Partnership, 9am-12pm, 999 Anastasia, Blvd, St.Augustine. Contact cfarrell@audubon.org.

March 2: Suncoast Partnership, 1-3pm,  Pelican Rm, CEC Bldg, Eckard College, St. Pete.  Contact forysea@eckerd.edu.

March 2: Timucuan Partnership, 1:30-4pm, 11241 Fort George Road, Jacksonville. Contact Megan.Wallrichs@myfwc.com.

March 6: Nature Coast Partnership, 1-4pm, 11350 SW 153rd Ct, Cedar Key.  Contact Megan.Wallrichs@myfwc.com.

March 10: Florida Keys Partnership, 9:30-11:30am, State Government Building,2796 Overseas Hwy., Marathon. Contact keywestwildlifecenter@hotmail.com.

March 13: Treasure Coast Partnership, 1-3:30pm, Savannas Preserve State Park, 2541 Walton Road, Port. St. Lucie. Contact Heather.Hitt@myfwc.com.

March 15: Space Coast Partnership, 9:30am-12pm, Cocoa Beach Public Library, 550 N. Brevard Ave. Cocoa Beach. Contact Heather.Hitt@myfwc.com.


Posted on January 16, 2017 by Billy Brooks

2017 Winter Shorebird Survey

We need your help with the 2017 Florida Winter Shorebird Survey  (a.k.a., the First Friday in February Survey)This survey is geared towards experienced birders who can identify multiple species of wintering shorebirds and seabirds and are able to document banded bird codes. Instructions are below. 

The survey starts on Friday, February 3rd and continues through Thursday, February 9th. This week-long survey serves as the official statewide “snapshot” of coastal wintering shorebirds and seabirds in Florida. Please see Instructions and data sheets.

Please contact Billy_Brooks@fws.gov for questions.


Posted on March 11, 2016 by Naomi

2016 Shorebird Breeding Season begins

Join Florida Shorebird Alliance partners in surveying for nesting shorebirds and seabirds along coastal routes and at historic rooftops. See www.FLShorebirdDatabase.org for instructions and count windows.


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