©Emily McKiddy

DON’T FORGET TO LOOK UP
The seasonal migration of seabirds is in full swing as large numbers of Least Terns and Black Skimmers are flocking to the beaches to start their nesting efforts. These birds travel from South America each summer to nest on the sandy beaches we are all so fond of here in the Florida Panhandle.

But these birds have a few cards up their sleeve to hope for success in hatching and fledging their offspring. They have adapted to not only nest on available beaches but also on gravel rooftops.

Some of these colonies can be found on your local Publix, malls, schools, and office buildings. Rooftop colonies are difficult to find unless you are in the right place at the right time to see the birds flying overhead.

That is why Audubon Florida is asking for your help! As you go on about your errands or dropping your child off at school take a second and look up, listen around you, and see if you can hear or see any seabirds utilizing the rooftops near you!

This is a wonderful adaptation the birds have developed and the more rooftop colonies we can find and protect, the more successful the seabirds will be this year.

If you do find a colony using a rooftop please call the Panhandle Rooftop Nesting Coordinator, Emily McKiddy at 608-332-3802 or email her at emckiddy@audubon.org.

By Emily McKiddy

©Emily McKiddy

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