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Rooftop Resources

The following materials can help our rooftop stewards with outreach and conservation activities at rooftops where birds are nesting. See also "Rooftop colony signs" under the Signs page. (For rooftop monitoring instructions, please see the Breeding Bird Protocol).

Postcards for hotel guests (template). FWC. 2015.

These postcards are for hotels and other commercial properties to distribute to their guests, to inform them about rooftop-nesting birds. You can print these yourself (adjust your printer setting to the appropriate postcard size and cardstock- and don’t forget it’s double-sided) or contact us to request some. Thanks to David Kandz and Jack Rogers for the photos!

Least Tern Roof-top Nesting Handout. Chris Burney-FWC. 2009

This handout provides information for property owners. Designed to be printed on 8.5''x11'' paper, one-sided.

Letter to rooftop owner/manager (editable Word document)

This is a general letter that you can modify and distribute to building owners or managers whose rooftops are being used by nesting birds. Feel free to customize as needed.


“Thank you” postcards for property owners (template)

These do-it-yourself postcards are a great resource for rooftop stewards. Just print and send (or hand out) to property owners/managers as a thank you for their compliance with protection measures. Be sure to adjust your printer setting to the appropriate postcard size and cardstock- and don’t forget it’s double-sided. Thanks to David Kandz and Lorraine Margeson for the photographs!


Rooftop signs (posters)

If birds are nesting on the rooftop of a commercial property (e.g., supermarket, motel), the property manager might want to post one of these signs for their customers to see. This is a nice resource to offer the manager - Just print it for them, or email them one of these links:

Least Terns

Black Skimmers

Rooftop volunteer orientation. Dr. Elizabeth Forys- Eckerd College.

Full-length presentation on rooftop nesting, developed for training purposes.


Rooftop chick-checking manual

Flightless chicks can fall off rooftops if there are no raised edges (parapets), fencing, or drain screens to keep them on the roof. We encourage partners to organize chick-checking programs in case this happens at a local rooftop. As soon as chicks fall off a roof, volunteers should check for chicks every few hours. Please read this chick-checking manual for more information.


Chick-a-booms: For chick-a-boom assembly instructions, please contact us.


Photo Credit: Jack Rogers