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Naples News Now | March 13, 2023

~Boaters and beachgoers urged to give space to nesting birds along area beaches.~

  • Beach-nesting birds have begun their breeding season along Florida’s coasts. Spring and summer are very important for these endangered species because that’s when they have to raise their young without getting hurt by people, storms, or other animals.

The eggs of seabirds and shorebirds are laid right on the sand. They think that people and dogs are dangerous and will fly away if beachgoers or their dogs get too close. Repeated human disturbance often results in birds abandoning the colony. Important nesting areas are posted or roped off so that people can’t go there while state-threatened birds lay eggs and raise chicks. This keeps people from disturbing the birds.

The Second Chance Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) in Collier County is now closed to boaters and landers until August 31. This is to let the birds nest without being disturbed. The shell island is at the end of Cape Romano on the south side, which is south of Marco Island.

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