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Gulf Island National Seashore asks tourists to watch out for Shorebird Nesting
With the crowds of people expected this weekend on our beaches Gulf National Seashore and Audubon Florida are educating visitors about Shorebird nesting.
Signs are put up all over Pensacola beach, explaining the lines put up to mark a perimeter for bird nesting.
Two types of birds nest in out area; solitary nesters and colony.
Gulf Islands National Seashore Officials have taken many steps to protect the Shoreline birds.
They have placed speed bumps on Ft. Pickens road and put up more speed limit signs reminding drivers to not exceed 20-miles per hour.
200 birds killed each year after being struck by cars on Fort Pickens.
Dan Brown, "It's critically important that people go slow enough to give the birds a chance to get off the road."
Mary Thiesen, "It's always sad to see an animal squashed on the highway, so by obeying the speed limit we can help preserve some wildlife I'm all for it."
Mary Thiesen and her family vacation at Fort. Pickens frequently.
But have yet to see any birds nesting.
They say when they finally get a glimpse they know what to do.
"If we saw a nest we would leave it alone because it's wildlife. It's not my pet cats at home they wouldn't want us interfering with them."
Gulf Island National Seashore superintendent Dan Brown says they are exactly right.
The birds can become aggressive and leave their nest, potentially killing their eggs or hatchlings.
"Anytime they get off their nest they leave their eggs exposed and here they sit on their nest not so much to keep the eggs warm, but to keep the eggs from overheating."
Bird nesting is expected to end sometime in August.