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In 2000, five local members began meeting informally to coordinate posting of seabird and shorebird colonies in Rookery Bay Research Reserve and on Marco Island. In 2009, a formalized group was established to further develop existing partnerships and engage new and different partners important to the future of shorebirds and seabirds in Collier County. Today, we have over 40 members.

Get Involved

Our needs are seasonal based but the peak of activity occurs during the breeding season.  Here are a few ways to get involved: 

Local Contact

To learn more about the partnership and to get involved, email Collette Lauzau and Rochelle Streker.

Focal Species

Common Name Scientific Name
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
Least Tern Sternula antillarum
Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Willet Haematopus palliatus
Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia

3 Fun Facts About Collier County

  1. In Collier County, most least tern nesting is on beaches. Black skimmers and Wilson’s plovers also nest here 
  2. Least tern and black skimmer nesting data has been recorded in Collier county since 1972 as part of a long-term coastal waterbird monitoring effort 
  3. The Big Marco Pass least tern and black skimmer colony is consistently ranked as one of the largest in the state 


Photo Credit: Britt Brown