Alabama Coastal Bird Stewardship Program
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, in partnership with Alabama Audubon, has established the Alabama Coastal Bird Stewardship Program (ALCBSP). This Program provides critical protection and monitoring of Alabama's sensitive beach nesting birds in Mobile and Baldwin counties. The Program focuses on the Audubon Coastal Bird Survey and continued breeding and overwintering success of the following 11 focal species of concern: Wilson’s Plover, Snowy Plover, Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Red Knot, Sanderling, Short-billed Dowitcher, Least Tern, Black Skimmer, Reddish Egret and Brown Pelican. ALCBSP compliments the work of similar National Audubon Society initiatives in the Gulf of Mexico including Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The Program's web address is: https://alaudubon.org/coastal/
The ALCBSP helps the declining populations of shorebirds and waterbirds by training volunteers to steward and monitor these targeted species and their habitats at key nesting sites along the coast. During the nesting season, volunteers are also needed to maintain the health and safety of nesting colonies through public outreach and the installation of symbolic fencing at colony locations. Educating beachgoers through print materials and scope-based viewing opportunities is critical to helping the public become more aware of wildlife and habitats in coastal Alabama.