Audubon Florida seeking stewards to assist with annual beach-nesting season

Training session set for Saturday, March 23, at Siesta Public Beach

Snowy plover chicks blend in readily with the beach on Siesta Key. Photo courtesy of Kylie Wilson

People interested in the birds that nest on Sarasota County’s shoreline each year are encouraged to become bird stewards, Audubon Florida has announced.

A training program will be conducted from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the Sea Turtle Pavilion at Siesta Public Beach, which is located at 948 Beach Road on Siesta Key, Kylie Wilson, coordinator of the Audubon Florida Bird Monitoring & Stewardship Program, told The Sarasota News Leader.

Wilson marked her first beach-nesting season in the county in 2018.

Wilson and Holley Short will lead the program on March 23, which will include a presentation before the training begins. At the conclusion of the session, Wilson said, participants will be able to take “a short beach walk” with the hope of seeing some of the tiny, endangered snowy plovers that have been regular visitors to Siesta Key for many years.

All members of the public are welcome to volunteer to be bird stewards, Wilson has emphasized. Anyone with questions may email Wilson at