Mississippi Audubon Wants Residents to Be Mindful of Endangered Birds

Miles of fences line the beaches stretching from Biloxi to Pass Christian and it’s all to protect a small but important group that flies to the coast every summer: the least terns.
News 25’s Kristen Duran has more on what Mississippi Audubon is doing to protect the endangered birds over the Fourth of July weekend.
It is Fourth of July weekend and Coast residents are doing everything from watching fireworks to firing up their grills, but Mississippi Audubon is reminding you to be mindful of the breeding least terns along the coast.
Sheri Glowinski, Mississippi Audubon bird biologist, said, “They’re not support to be walking through colonies, disturbing the birds, they’re not supposed to be walking right along the shoreline and so follow the rules and appreciate what we’re trying to do while still having a good time on the coast.”
Audubon staff and volunteer stewards have set up shop along Highway 90 for the Fourth of July weekend protecting the endangered birds by engaging beach visitors in educational activities, reminding them of beach rules such as keeping fireworks off of critical nesting sites.
The small birds are very territorial and will dive bomb people they perceive to be a threat to their nest.
Glowinski says the least terns also attract bird watchers and provide an economic impact to the coast as well.
For more information on the Mississippi Audubon Coastal Stewardship you can visit ms.audubon.org.

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