July 18, 2011 by staff
Stephen Somewhere, “The birds have to go somewhere. Look along the beach. Where else going?” Volunteers Dugay Stephen points to the herd of trees lining the beach side of the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores. He was also a gesture of pointing out the lack of nearby trees.
I’ve seen the proof of his claim to play against me. Black Skimmer a baby was hidden under the mother’s right off the beach nesting area. The baby seemed to be complaining, squawking and walk several steps away, and then backs to his small-excavated section of sand, large enough for the baby to hide.
Dugay realized the girl had my full attention. “That’s why the shrine is so important,” he said.
Dugay went on to explain black skimmers that nest on the beaches of Florida each year. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the black skimmer is unusual because of its feeding style. You can spot flying just over the water with their bill and lower jaw, the cutting surface of the fish. These social birds are known to hang out together and nest in the same place year after year if left undisturbed.
Outside the sanctuary, south of the sign warns swimmers nesting area not to enter. As expected, dozens of skimmers for adults with black back, clear white belly and red letters and orange gathered on the coast and separated each time a swimmer passing by. Dugay was to ensure that adult birds were not bothered by human interaction. After teaching high school students and high school English and history of 25 years, his work at the shrine has become a kind of call.
Volunteer here says, “is good for my soul and my brain is still strong.”
“I come here for the mission … the way these people are so dedicated to birds. I’ve always been an outdoor type,” he said.
Dugay helps to know the sanctuary by the adoption of various birds with him to speaking engagements.
“I have to meet people from around the world when I’m out of the talks.” He has spoken at meetings of groups of disabled, elderly, children and Girl Scout troops, as well as mental. The rest of the year lives in Maine Dugay.
Middle East dozen brown pelicans remain in the water a few meters from the sanctuary. They do not seem to be sure they want to leave the place that feeds them.
Dugay know how they feel.
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