Brevard Zoo Conservation Report 2016 | Page 14

Florida Shorebird Alliance Life’s better on the beach Florida’s 1,200 miles of coastline provide habitat for more than 75 unique bird species, many of which are state and federally protected. Unfortunately, the beach areas where they nest are also prime real estate for the state’s booming human population. With 50 million visitors to Florida’s beaches each year, it’s becoming difficult for birds to find a quiet stretch of coastline on which to raise their families. Gallery Sandwich Tern • Forages by plunging headfirst into the water from flight • Both parents incubate eggs and feed young • If a colony is disturbed, the young may leave the nest and gather in a group (called "creche") with others 13