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Presentation I gave to Gulfport July 2017
Photographs by John Herrick unless noted.
What I am going to cover
Florida Fish and Wildlife Designation
Protection of Imperiled Birds
Black Skimmer Life
Monitoring by Dr. Elizabeth Forys and Eckerd College
American Oyster Catcher
The Black Skimmer beak is the narrowest of all birds.
Here the female is digging like crazy! See the flying sand
behind her. Male is looking on.
Disputes over whose patch of sand is whose sometimes is
settled in the air!
(sisters to the Skimmers) like to join the Skimmers
babies - hatchlings.
right thru the birds!
Too young to smoke!
Photo by Lorraine Margeson
•Research was funded by
the Audubon Society and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
•Data was collected by
dedicated volunteers and Eckerd College students.
•Florida Gulf Coast
University for nanotags
•Thanks to Dr Beth Forys,
•And all the Volunteers!