Public Outreach to Reduce Disturbance to Nesting Waterbirds

(2000 – present, ongoing) – One of the primary threats faced by waterbirds is the increasing amount of disturbance of nesting sites by human visitors.  Most of the visitors are simply unaware of the fact that birds are nesting on these sites, and their need to remain undisturbed throughout the nesting season.  We have developed and implemented multiple outreach efforts including presentations to user groups, popular articles in magazines and newsletters, printed materials distributed at boat ramps and bait shops, signage at boat ramps and around nesting islands, a public service announcement, and most recently – an online streaming webcam focused on a colony in Nueces Bay.

  • Fishermen walk through a bird colony. Incidents like this leads to the deaths of eggs and chicks and eventually complete colony abandonment.