Formed in 2002, the goal of the Suncoast Shorebird Partnership is to conserve shorebird and seabird populations from Manatee to Hernando counties through collaborative efforts between government agencies, non-government organizations, and individuals.
Our needs are seasonal based but the peak of activity occurs during the breeding season. Here are a few ways to get involved:
- Attend partnership meetings in the spring and fall
- Become a Rooftop Steward
- Become a Beach-nesting Bird Monitor
- Become a Bird Steward
- If you hook a bird, don’t cut the line! Reel. Remove. Release.
- Report any wildlife violations to the FWC Wildlife Alert or call the Hotline 888-404-FWCC (3922)
|Common Name||Scientific Name|
|American Oystercatcher||Haematopus palliatus|
|Black Skimmer||Rynchops niger|
|Caspian Tern||Hydroprogne caspia|
|Gull-billed Tern||Gelochelidon nilotica|
|Laughing Gull||Leucophaeus atricilla|
|Least Tern||Sternula antillarum|
|Royal Tern||Thalasseus maximus|
|Sandwich Tern||Thalasseus sandvicensis|
|Snowy Plover||Charadrius alexandrinus|
|Wilson's Plover||Charadrius wilsonia|
3 Fun Facts About the Suncoast
- We were the first partnership!
- We have the only Least Tern chick-banding program in the state, and a volunteer-supported resighting program that has recorded stopover of federally endangered Interior Least Terns.
- Egmont Key annually hosts the largest Laughing Gull colony in the state with over 25,000 nesting pairs.
Photo Credit: Britt Brown