Florida residents say you can always recognize an out-of-town tourist at the beach in the winter… they’re the ones who are actually swimming in the chilly water! Water temperatures are cool this time of year, but there’s still plenty for residents and tourists alike to do at the shore right now, including a lot of great bird watching.
If you live in the state, or plan to be here on vacation during the weekend of Feb. 3 – 5, 2012, consider joining the Florida Mid-Winter Shorebird Survey, an annual survey administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. These counts are especially important in identifying populations of threatened and endangered birds like the snowy plover and the red knot. If you’re interested in joining in the count, click here for more information.
Do you know of other upcoming bird counts across the country that readers might want to know about? Drop by the comments below and tell us about it!