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Lee County beaches are host to beach nesting birds from April 1st through August 31st.  These birds nest on our coastal beaches, barrier islands, spoil islands, causeways, construction sites, gravel roofs, and coral rock islands.  Gravel roof top nesting has grown in popularity in the recent years due to increased population and activity in our coastal communities.

To become a Shorebird Steward and help protect these valuable species, please contact Brad Cornell, Southwest Florida Policy Associate, Collier County Audubon Society/Audubon Florida at


Common Species of Beach Nesting Birds in Lee County:

  • Least Tern                          Sternula antillarum
  • Black Skimmer                    Rynchops niger
  • Snowy Plover                      Charadius alexandrines
  • American Oystercatcher      Haemotopus palliatus
  • Wilson's Plover                   Charadius wilsonia
  • Willet                                Tringa semipalmata


Common Courtesy When Interacting with Shorebirds:

  • Minimize nest disturbance by respecting posted areas on beaches
  • Avoid walking on or near the wrack line which is typically used for foraging
  • No vehicle operation near nesting areas
  • Keep pets leashed and away from all bird colonies and beach nesting birds
  • Keep distance from the birds
  • Don't intentionally force birds to fly


Additional Information:

Adobe Reader RequiredFlorida Fish & Wildlife Conservation - Beach Nesting Bird Brochure

Adobe Reader RequiredFlorida Fish & Wildlife Conservation - Beach Nesting Bird Reference Guide

Adobe Reader RequiredIdentification Card of Beach Nesting Birds

Florida Shorebird Database

Florida Shorebird Alliance


All photos taken by Eva Furner at Little Estero Island CWA on Fort Myers Beach, FL.