Request for Help!

Help wanted!

With the increasing number of visitors to our beaches, we need
more volunteers to help protect the Red Knots, American Oystercatchers and
Least Terns. We haven’t had a successful Least Tern nesting on our beach since
2018 and Oystercatcher U5, who is nested out there, tried three times last year
without success.

Please let us know if you can spare just a couple of hours per week from now until the end of June to help keep visitors a safe distance from the nesting area. We are looking for people to be on the beach from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm or
maybe even bring your lunch and do a double shift from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm!

This will not be the full steward expectation since the Red Knots are about to head north. We need people to monitor the Nesting Area to protect the nesting birds from disturbance. You will use our cart and wear a Steward Vest to identify your function. Just your presence will make a difference.

We will give you a quick training course on Least Terns and American Oystercatchers nesting and provide you with a reference guide. We will also get you registered on our website that allows you to self schedule and make an easy shift report on your phone. The experience will be easy, rewarding and very much appreciated! If you are interested in helping, please email us at SIBStewards@gmail.com

American Oystercatchers on North Beach

-Submitted by the SIB Shorebird Steward Program Team, Mark Andrews, Lesley Gore, Melanie Jerome, Bob Mercer

(Image credit: SIB)

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