PHOTO: RAY HENNESSY
HOLLYWOOD BEACH DOG RANGERS
Dog Rangers reframes the public conversation around the disturbance of shorebirds and seabirds by dogs, letting beachgoers know how their dog can help birds. The pledge directly asks dogs to make following promises, in support of birds:
1. I will never chase birds or wildlife.
2. I will wear my leash at the beach to help birds feel safe.
3. I will give birds about 100 feet of space to relax and refuel.
4. I won’t climb the dunes or walk-through established nesting areas.
WHY TAKE THE DOG RANGER'S PLEDGE?
All dogs are seen as predators to shorebirds and seabirds, no matter their size or age.
Dogs can frighten shorebirds and seabirds (especially while unleashed), which leads to nest abandonment, interruptions to eating and resting, and takes precious energy away when these birds use distraction displays on dogs, people, and anyone that approaches too closely.
These birds have no other home. From nesting to feeding, shorebirds and seabirds are specially evolved to live in beach habitats.
Do you have a dog in your life who would be interested in becoming a Dog Ranger? We encourage you to join our next Beach Naturalist class. You can register or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
All new Dog Rangers are encouraged to have their photo taken! We’ll post your Dog Ranger’s photo on our IG account to help find new recruits! If your dog is interested in taking the pledge, but you don’t have time to join our next training, please email email@example.com - we’d still love to have your dog on the team, and we’d love to share their photo.