Sharing our seas and shores during nesting season
We are in the middle of the Least Tern nesting season and it will soon be the same for the skimmers.
Audubon Mississippi is busy putting up signage reminding beachgoers to stay away from nesting areas.
Apart from staying away from the marked off areas, be aware of how your presence is impacting the birds around you. If they start flushing or reacting, you are too close.
Dogs can also be perceived as a threat to the birds and Harrison County beaches are dog free. Audubon Mississippi Stewardship Manager Melinda Averhart said, “We need to really start embracing nature-based tourism. It is an eight-billion-dollar industry in our state alone. Protecting these natural resources is important to the birds, but also the people who enjoy these things in Mississippi.”
On Saturday morning, the Mississippi Coast Audubon Society will be giving free tours of Least Tern colonies in Harrison County.
If you’re interested meet at Courthouse Road and Beach Boulevard at 7 a.m. It will be three hours long.