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New signage aims to protect sea birds on Venice Beach

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SARASOTA CO., Fla. (WWSB) -- Shorebirds in Venice will get additional protections thanks to new signage installed on beaches.

With assistance by the Army Corp of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the City of Venice has installed shorebird awareness signs at Venice Beach and the North Pier beach access.

The goal of the signage is to increase public awareness and help in the efforts to protect the birds.

The “Share the Shore” sign show pictures of common shorebirds and seabirds, and has information about their habitat and food. The sign also explains how visitors to the beach can be helpful to these species, such as by not disturbing nesting birds or chasing birds while they try to forage or rest on the beach.

“The Wrack” sign explains how “wrack,” or materials cast ashore from the Gulf like seaweeds and sea grasses, are essential in supporting birds and other wildlife at the beach. This signage also offers tips on how beach-goers can lend a hand to the wrack community.