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Florida Shorebird Alliance members conduct bird count on Spoil Island 3D (w/video)

 

Individuals from Florida Fish and Wildlife, Audubon Florida, Tampa Bay Watch, Port Tampa Bay and the US Army Corps of Engineers conducted a bird count on Spoil Island 3D in Tampa Bay the morning of Monday, May 15, 2017. Spoil Island 3D, a manmade island created with bottom material dumped after nearby channel dredging, serves as important habitat for myriad bird species. Some of those species are deemed “imperiled” by Florida Fish and Wildlife, but find refuge on the island’s quiet shores. As regular dredging efforts continue in order to keep the nearby shipping channel clear, material is added to the island to create additional bird habitat. 

Mark Rachal, an Audubon Florida sanctuary manager, drives a boat of bird counters to "Spoil Island 3D" in Tampa Bay on Monday, May 15, 2017. The manmade island was created with bottom material dumped after nearby channel dredging, and now serves as important habitat for myriad bird species. The island continues to grow as material is added with continued dredging operations.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Mark Rachal, an Audubon Florida sanctuary manager, drives a boat of bird counters to "Spoil Island 3D" in Tampa Bay on Monday, May 15, 2017. The manmade island was created with bottom material dumped after nearby channel dredging, and now serves as important habitat for myriad bird species. The island continues to grow as material is added with continued dredging operations.

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