Enhanced Management of Avian Breeding Habitat Injured by Response Activities in the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, and Mississippi
State of Florida; US Department of the Interior
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
This project has reduced reduce disturbance to nesting and foraging habitat for beach-nesting birds in the project areas. The project involved three tasks: 1) Placing symbolic fencing (signs and posts connected with rope) around sensitive nesting sites of beach-nesting birds to indicate the site as off-limits to people, pets, and other sources of disturbance; 2) Increasing predator control to reduce disturbance and loss of eggs, chicks, and adult beach-nesting birds at nesting sites; and 3) Increasing surveillance and monitoring of posted nesting sites to minimize disturbance to nesting habitat in posted areas. The project was implemented in the following Florida counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin. In Alabama, the project was implemented on Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Baldwin and Mobile Counties. In Mississippi, the project was implemented on Gulf Island National Seashore - Mississippi District.