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Posted on February 05, 2016 by Naomi

Florida Shorebird Database webinars

The training webinars for the Florida Shorebird Database have already occured. However, the recorded sessions are available online on the Resources page of the Florida Shorebird Database.

Posted on December 03, 2015 by Billy Brooks

Two Winter Survey Opportunities!

We need your help with the International Piping Plover Winter Census and Florida Winter Shorebird Survey. There are separate dates for each survey.  If you can only participate on one of the surveys, we ask you to prioritize the Piping Plover Winter Census, as this project dates back to 1991.

These surveys are 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. 

International Piping Plover Winter Census (January 18th to February 1st): Every five years since 1991, hundreds of volunteers help to survey miles of coastal habitat (from North Carolina to Texas) to help document one of the most endangered shorebirds in the Western Hemisphere, the Piping Plover. We need your help to look for them and count them in Florida!  By surveying coastal habitats that are favored by this species—including beaches, tidal inlets and passes, tidal flats, sand bar islands, sand and mud flats—you can contribute to our understanding of the distribution and abundance of this species in Florida. In some cases a boat may be required to access habitat but most surveys generally involve walking transects. In addition to Piping Plovers we are also very interested in documenting Snowy and Wilson’s Plovers and Red Knots. Piping Plovers in Florida are generally found on sandy beaches, sandbars associated with inlets and passes, and sand flats or mud flats. Hence, for some sites there may be tidal considerations in optimally timing your survey. Click links for guide and census form.

Florida Winter Shorebird Survey (February 5th to February 11th): Florida’s annual Winter Shorebird Survey (a.k.a., the First Friday in February Survey) starts on Friday, February 5th and continues through Thursday, February 11th. This week-long survey serves as the official statewide “snapshot” of coastal wintering shorebirds and seabirds in Florida. Instructions and data sheets can be found by clicking here.

If you would like to participate in either of these surveys, please contact the Survey Coordinator in your region:

Please contact Billy_Brooks@fws.gov for questions.

Posted on February 03, 2015 by Naomi

Winter Shorebird Survey data due March 1st

Roosting Dunlin

The Winter Shorebird Survey (a.k.a., the First Friday in February Survey) will be from Friday, February 6 to Thursday, February 12. This is the official statewide survey of wintering shorebirds and seabirds in Florida.

Conducted annually, this survey will enable us to recognize long-term trends or changes in winter population sizes and distribution, and identify key wintering sites- information that is much needed to guide future conservation efforts.

This survey is geared towards experienced birders who can identify multiple species of wintering shorebirds and seabirds. However, anyone who would like to gain experience can ask their Survey Coordinator to be paired with a mentor (contact information on page 2).

Please join us! Learn how you can do a survey and contribute observations here (information packet with data sheets).


Posted on July 31, 2013 by Naomi

Report banded white ibises to UGA

We have a radio-telemetry and banding project with urban white ibises in Palm Beach County, FL. We banded 45 individuals and radio-tagged 12 and my grad students are continuing that work as we speak with the goal to get at least 100 birds banded and 30 radio-tagged. We would appreciate it if you could spread the word among your bird contacts. Feel free to forward me the names of folks who should be kept abreast of our project. 

We currently have a website where anyone can report a sighting of a banded bird and you can reach it by going to:  http://www.hernandezlab.uga.edu/ibis.html

The site also has some general information about the project and we will be adding more information in the near future.

Thank you all for your help and interest,

Sonia M. Hernandez, DVM, DACZM, PhD

Assistant Professor

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study

University of Georgia

Athens, GA 30602

Phone (cell): 706 296-3909


website: http://www.hernandezlab.uga.edu/Home.html

Posted on July 25, 2013 by Naomi

Piping plover & Least tern banding scheme

Please see attached for information on the alphanumeric flags and bands that NPWRC began using in 2013 to band Piping Plovers and Least Terns, respectively:

NPWRC tern and plover – information for winter resighting work

Thanks to all for your continued help and interest!

- Erin Roche, USGS

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