The county’s beach shoreline and coastal environment provide important habitats for a variety of bird species. Some of these birds, such as brown pelicans and laughing gulls, are year-round residents. Other birds - such as northern gannets, piping plovers and white pelicans - are migratory visitors that depend on these habitats to rest during the winter season. Some birds, like Wilson's plovers and black skimmers, use the beaches to nest in the spring and early summer. Many of the birds, such as piping plovers, are listed as endangered or threatened species and are protected by state or federal laws.
Volusia County staff is a proud affiliate of the Volusia Shorebird Partnership. The Volusia Shorebird Partnership is a countywide alliance of interested groups, organizations, and individuals committed to advancing shorebird and seabird stewardship in Volusia County. The partnership accomplished this through coordinated and collaborative work that helps to identify and address important needs with regard to research, management, education, outreach and public policy. Read more about this and other partnerships at the Florida Shorebird Alliance website.
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