Least Tern colony on Spoil Island IR4 in Sebastian needs help

Hello to all bird enthusiasts:

We have a new, vulnerable and very important Least Tern colony on Spoil Island IR4. The island is located SE of Squid Lips Restaurant and across from the Main Street Boat Ramp in Sebastian, Florida (See Google Earth Map above).

The colony is now at 47 nests with eggs and 2 nests with downy chicks

The birds need help protecting their colony. I will explain Seabird Colony Protection Volunteer work below. If you are still available and interested please contact the email or phone number listed.

The birds and their colony need help on Saturday and Sunday from now until mid-August. We are asking for a “shift” of 2 to 3 hours per Volunteer on Saturday(s) and/or Sunday(s).

The Volunteer will be asked to:

  1. Coordinate their own transportation to/from the island (Via boat, kayak, or canoe)
  2. Approach any boaters attempting to access the small island and politely re-direct them to another island for their recreational needs

Our team at Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves (IRLAP) will provide:

  1. Binoculars, Spotting Scope/Tripod, bird field guides
  2. Beach Umbrella, chair
  3. Informational brochures and pamphlets related to Least Terns and their colonies

The Least Tern Colony will provide:

  1. Amazing photo opportunities
  2. Up close and personal views of the most adorable chicks one could possibly ever witness
  3. Feathery Gratitude

If you are interested in donating your valuable time to help protect this colony please respond to Matthew.R.Anderson@dep.state.fl.us

or (772) 579-8979

Map Link to closest boat ramp:
https://public.myfwc.com/LE/boatramp/public/Ramp.aspx?FacilityID=IR00022YH&Name=Sebastian+Main+Street+Public+Boat+Ramp

Please feel free to forward this email to all interested parties.

As always, please feel free to contact me at any time with questions.

Many thanks,

Matthew R. Anderson
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves
3300 Lewis Street
Ft. Pierce, Florida 34981
Ft. Pierce Office: (772) 429-2995
Work Cell: (772) 579-8979
Sebastian Satellite Office: (321) 953-5008

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