Thursday, October 1st General Meeting
Program: "Hooked and Entangled Birds"
Speaker: Mark Rachal, Manager of Audubon Florida's Coastal Island Sanctuaries
Mark will discuss his experiences managing the nesting colonies of the Tampa Bay region and the threat that discarded fishing gear poses to many of our coastal waterbirds. Fishing line entanglement is a significant threat and boat ramps and fishing piers can be hot spots for hooked and entangled birds. Discarded fishing gear can even find its way into the coastal nesting islands and pose a danger for future generations of birds. Mark will talk about cooperative efforts to lessen this threat and what you can do to help.
The mission of the Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries is the protection of the great colonial waterbird populations of the Florida coast, and the natural systems that support them. The Tampa Bay area is home to a population of colonial waterbirds totaling up to 50,000 breeding pairs at nearly 30 sites.
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