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In North America, the Black Skimmer breeds along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Florida and along the Gulf coast from Florida to the Yucatan Peninsula. Although this species winters as far north as the Carolinas, the majority of the North American population winters along the Atlantic coast of southern Florida, the Gulf coast, and southward along both coasts of Mexico and Central America.
In Florida, the Black Skimmer is a year-
Because of dwindling populations, this species is considered a Threatened Species in Florida. The main threat is habitat loss due to coastal development
The photos on this page were taken in the following locations: Stump Pass (Charlotte County), Estero Lagoon (Lee County), Fort DeSoto (Pinellas County), Siesta Beach and Lido Beach (Sarasota County), and Fort Island (Citrus County).