Memorial Day weekend tips to protect sea birds
Audubon's Memorial Day beach tips for protecting nesting sea birds:
Respect posted areas, even if you don't see birds.
Avoid disturbing groups of birds. If birds take flight or appear agitated, you are too close.
Refrain from walking dogs or allowing cats to roam freely on beaches during nesting season. Even on a leash, dogs are perceived as predators by nesting birds.
Leave the fireworks at home and attend an official display instead. Impromptu fireworks on Florida's beaches and waterways, according to the organization, can have catastrophic effects for vulnerable chicks and eggs.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch Memorial Day beach tips for protecting sea turtles:
Refrain from using flashlights.
Refrain from using flash on phones if you see turtle nests
Stay quiet and 100 feet back if you see a turtle climbing onshore.
Information: call AMITW Executive Director Suzi Fox at 941-778-5638.