Populations of Gulf Coast birds have seen a steady decline since the days John James Audubon fell in love with the area’s abundant birdlife. For our“Fab Four”of Gulf Coast birds, theBlack Skimmer, Least Tern, Snowy Plover, andWilson’s Plover, nesting on the beach is a huge challenge. Coastal development, off-road vehicles, beachgoers, and pets—along with disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill—equal a perfect storm of threats that endanger their very existence.
But our Gulf Coastal Birds Program is making a difference, working with partners across the Gulf and combining media outreach with physical protection, monitoring of nest sites, and on-the-ground educational activities to bring back beach-nesting birds. The results speak for themselves.