Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Audubon volunteers urge people to watch for nesting birds along Florida beaches


Watch out for nesting birds, Audubon says

This Memorial Day weekend, Audubon volunteers will be reminding beachgoers to watch out for nesting shorebirds. The crush of people drawn to Florida's coasts can be disastrous for birds nesting in small scrapes in the sand. Their camouflaged eggs and chicks are nearly invisible. Humans or dogs — even dogs on a leash — can flush them off the nest. Then the eggs or chicks are taken by predators or cook in the hot sun. Volunteers will set up umbrellas and spotting scopes so that beach visitors can take a closer look at the colonies marked off with signs and light rope strung between posts. "Most people think a mother bird is incubating her eggs to keep them warm," said Ann Hodgson, Audubon of Florida gulf coast ecosystem science coordinator. "With Florida's beach-nesting birds, the parent is actually providing shade to eggs and chicks during the day. A single significant disturbance can destroy an entire colony."


Restaurant will help raise funds

Pollo Tropical will hold a benefit for the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Education Foundation to help raise funds for scholarships. It will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Oldsmar Pollo Tropical, 3134 Tampa Road. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of sales from meals purchased with benefit vouchers. Vouchers can be obtained either in the restaurant before the event or through the education foundation. For more information, call (813) 300-0019.


Author will teach workshop at store

Author Janet Conner will teach a workshop based on her book Writing Down Your Soul from 1 to 2:30 p.m. today at Oak Trail Books, 1219 Florida Ave. The book aims to connect writers with the voice of wisdom within. When you learn to "write down your soul," you get out of your conscious, stress-filled mind and in touch with your deep, authentic self, the author says. And that activates limitless intelligence, wisdom and grace, she says. The cost is $20. Call (727) 785-1960.

Palm Harbor

Fibromyalgia will be topic at event

As part of its series Word to the Wise, the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., presents Dr. Amar Patel, a chiropractic specialist. He will discuss fibromyalgia at two sessions, at 6 p.m. Tuesday and again at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The program will cover the neurological and physiological causes of the disease. For more information, call (727) 784-3332.

Pinellas deaths

Detailed obituaries can be found in Section B.

Audubon volunteers urge people to watch for nesting birds along Florida beaches 05/23/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 23, 2009 1:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pasco tax roll shows increase, but so, too, are budget requests

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County's tax roll grew by more than 5 percent in 2016, but it's a figure that likely would require local government budget writers to trim proposed spending requests.

    OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
New construction accounted for $693.5 million in taxable property values being added to the Pasco County tax rolls in 2016, according to preliminary estimates released by Property Appraiser Gary Joiner. Overall, the property tax roll grew more than 5 percent, according to the preliminary numbers.

  2. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021


    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  3. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  4. Analysis: Manchester attack was exactly what many had long feared


    LONDON — For Britain's security agencies, London always seemed like the likely target. For years, the capital of 8 million with hundreds of thousands of weekly tourists and dozens of transit hubs had prepared for and feared a major terror attack.

  5. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.