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Gulf Islands

Your Speed Matters - Shorebirds

brochure Gulf Islands - Your Speed Matters - Shorebirds
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Gulf Islands National Seashore Florida and Mississippi Your Speed Matters! Each spring, shorebirds like least terns, fly thousands of miles from South America to nest and raise their young on the beaches of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Some species are threatened or endangered such as the snowy plovers. Snowy plover adults and chicks frequent the road and shoulders to feed on insects. Least terns get hit flying low over the road defending their nests from humans. Observe the Speed Limits! Sadly, in 2010, 155 birds were hit on park roads, 117 in 2011, 29 in 2012, and in 2013, 94 birds were killed. Help us protect these fantastic fliers. Gulf Islands Shorebirds Least tern and snowy plover chicks often wander outside of posted areas and into the road way. They will usually be accompanied by an adult bird. Can you spot all three of the most threatened shorebirds during your visit to Gulf Islands National Seashore?  Snowy Plover  Least Tern  Black Skimmer Gulf Islands National Seashore 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, Florida (850) 934-2600 www.nps.gov/guis

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