Published: May 08, 2013 6:16 AM EDT
Updated: May 08, 2013 10:26 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - If you love Florida's summer beach nesting birds - Wilson’s and Snowy Plovers, Least Terns, Black Skimmers and Oystercatchers – they are again assembling on the beaches of Lee and Collier Counties.

The Florida Shorebird Alliance is looking for volunteer stewards to make sure the birds have a fruitful nesting season.

While the first two nesting stewardship seasons of 2010 and 2011 saw tremendous success for the birds, the alliance says last season was a washout due to Tropical Storm Debby.

Volunteers are needed now for bird watching and collecting essential data on nesting numbers and nesting disturbances.

The Little Estero Island and Marco Island sites are among the most important in the State. The shorebird alliance also monitors about a dozen rooftop nesting colonies for Least Terns in both counties.

Volunteers do not need any prior skills – just a curiosity and love for the birds. All stewards receive training in both beach & rooftop stewarding and counting birds.

Training is Saturday, May 11, from 9 – 11 a.m. at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Please R.S.V.P. to Brad Cornell at (239) 280-6278 or
bcornell@collieraudubon.org.