Beach bird nests destroyed by motorcycle on Siesta Key

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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 5:11 pm

SIESTA KEY, Fla. -- A motorcycle has torn through a protected species habitat on Siesta Key, according to wildlife officials.

It happened in an area of the Siesta Key public beach Monday night. The Audubon Society tells ABC 7 that 13 Least Tern nests were destroyed, and 12 Black Skimmer nests were disturbed, along with a pair of Snowy Plovers.

The colony was clearly marked off with posts and signs, but Florida Fish and Wildlife investigators say a motorcycle drove right through it.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

As for the birds, the Audubon Society says the Least Terns are becoming aggressive and dive-bombing people because of the incident, and the snowy plovers are sticking it out despite their nests being disrupted.

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