Coastal Stewardship

You can help make beaches safer for birds.

Iconic coastal birds like terns, plovers, and pelicans rely on our beaches and barrier islands around the country to rest and nest, but they're vulnerable to disturbances like human development and sea-level rise. 

Boaters and beachgoers, unaware that birds are nesting at these sites, may get too close, flushing parents from their eggs and chicks. Without the protection of their parents, well-camouflaged chicks and eggs can be crushed underfoot, overheat in the sun without shade from their parents, or succumb to opportunistic predators like crows and gulls.

Audubon's Coastal Bird Stewardship Program trains volunteers to protect our coastal nesting birds through long-term monitoring, signage and fencing, beachgoer education, and working with coastal communities.

Do you love spending time on the beach or the water? Share the love with our coastal birds by giving them the space they need to nest, rest, and feed.

Help us #ShareTheShore with coastal birds - use our social media toolkit to spread the word!


Stewardship Across the Flyways

A photo of a Least Tern parent holding a worm towards its chick, which has its mouth open, on the beach.

Dog Lover to Dog Lover: It’s Time to Share the Shore

As shorebirds face innumerable obstacles to survive, small actions like leashing our pets or sticking to dog-friendly beaches can go a long way.
A flock of Red Knots fly in a murmuration over water.

How Audubon South Carolina Protects Their Coastal Birds and the Places They Need

With their Shorebird Stewardship program, Audubon South Carolina protects Red Knots, American Oystercatchers, and other birds that find respite on their shores.
Seas & Shores

Hit the Beach With A Shorebird Biologist

Shelby Casas braves sun, bugs, and storms to protect endangered birds.

Black Skimmers Successfully Nest on Louisiana Mainland for First Time in a Decade

These seabirds capitalized on a restored beach in southwest Louisiana this year after several hurricanes.

New Science Reveals the Big Impact Stewardship Has on Coastal Birds

Birds like terns and plovers that are vulnerable to human disturbance need active stewardship to thrive.

How to Become a Bird-friendly Beachgoer

Going to the beach is great, but people aren’t the only ones who enjoy it. Here’s how you can protect shorebirds while soaking up the sun.

Together, we can share the shore.

Birds We Steward