Associated Press Release
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Signs posted along the beaches in Volusia County warn beachgoers to avoid nesting areas for birds whose numbers are dwindling.
The image of a Wilson plover is shown on a sign that reads `Do Not Enter.' Other bird species can be found along the beaches of Flagler and southern St. Johns counties, the inlets and nearby islands.
Wildlife experts tell the Daytona Beach News Journal the number of nesting birds is down due to human disturbances, from playing football on the beach to allowing dogs to run off a leash. The nests are also vulnerable to predators.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is coordinating the Florida Shorebird Alliance to build a database to track nesting statewide. Some 60 species are included in the database.