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Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:37 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. – Every year around this time a band of plucky little birds begin to gather at Siesta Beach to mate and nest on the sand. The birds, known as Snowy Plovers (rhymes with 'lovers') are listed as "threatened" in Florida and face incredible odds each year.

Saturday many people gathered for a beach walk to learn how to protect the Plovers that face extinction. Sarasota Audubon is seeking volunteers willing to spend 2-3 hours a week to monitor the nesting seabirds. President of the Audubon Society, Jeanne Dubi, said “We ask them (the volunteers) to educate people on the beach, most people actually walking along the beach have no idea that birds nest right in the sand.” Human activity poses the biggest threat to these animals.

The peak of nesting season coincides with the July 4th weekend, the time when tens of thousands of beachgoers descend onto Siesta Key Beach to celebrate the holiday.

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  • riobeach48 posted at 11:41 am on Sun, Mar 16, 2014.

    riobeach48 Posts: 2

    Endangered, they used these very same tactics to close a beach to the public in Rhode Island. You can not go on to Moonstone Beach anymore, it is a place for the Plovers only. So watch out beach goers, this maybe a start of another People vs Animal and you lose. Remember the lights out for the turtles and then a man was killed by a car on Longboat Key because he could not be seen when he crossed the street. The activist take no pity on Human Life!!!