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The sanderling is just one of many sandpipers found on Siesta Key’s three public beaches. Of all the migratory snowbirds that winter on the Key, the sanderling has one of the most grueling commutes. At just seven inches in length and weighing three ounces, the sanderling flies roughly 3,500 miles from its summer breeding grounds above the Arctic Circle. That’s banking some serious frequent flier miles! It’s no wonder that the sanderling seems to eat nonstop in the warm, shallow waters of Siesta Key’s beaches. With a style of hunting akin to a dance, the sanderling chases the waves up and down the beach to find small creatures like sand crabs, mollusks, and marine worms that are exposed when the waves retreat.

Jan Baumgartner’s handmade note cards showcase Siesta Key scenic beauty and wildlife. Jan hopes you will enjoy these favorite mementos of The Key’s natural splendor through her camera’s lens.

Siesta Key notecards are available in two locations:

BLVD Beachwear

5239 Ocean Blvd


Shelly’s Gift and Christmas Boutique

4420 S. Tamiami Trail


Jan Baumgartner
Author: Jan Baumgartner

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