Sanibel Sea School to Offer World Shorebirds Day Activity

provided to Santiva Chronicle

World Shorebirds Day is slated for September 6th this year and is dedicated to celebrating shorebirds and their conservation. The mission of the designated day is to raise public awareness about protecting shorebirds, their habitats, shorebird research, and to connect people with shorebirds around the world.

Each year, Shorebird Biologist Audrey Albrecht conducts surveys to monitor the local shorebird populations in Southwest Florida as part of the Global Shorebird Count that coincides with the annual celebration.

“It is important to count shore birds to identify populations trends and abundance of different species, as well as to monitor any increases or declines in shorebird populations to inform future conservation efforts,” said Albrecht.

This year, she will conduct shorebird surveys and Sanibel Sea School will also be involved by offering free, educational activities on World Shorebirds Day.

Sanibel Sea School Marine Science Educator Kealy McNeal will host a virtual game of shorebird bingo at 11 a.m. EST Sunday, Sept. 6 via Zoom. McNeal is planning to begin the session with basic shorebird identification and then put participant’s skills to the test with a game of virtual bingo. This activity is designed for children ages 6-13. To register for shorebird bingo, email the names of the children participating to info@sanibelseaschool.org.

To learn more about SCCF shorebird research and monitoring programs please visit http://sccf.org/our-work/shorebirds.

Part of the SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Family, Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.

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