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Tern Grids to Come Down as Season Draws to a Close; Volunteer Help Needed

August 2nd, 2010 | Posted by Kate

Save The River’s Common Tern Monitoring Program draws to a close for another season. It was a successful year of habitat restoration on our sites and our volunteers did an excellent job conducting their annual monitoring on all seven of our nesting sites.

In preparation for the closing of the season Save The River and the Thousand Islands Land Trust are gearing up to remove the exclusion grids that are installed annually on the Eagle Wing Shoals and Tidd Island.

The exclusion grid is a cross hatching of poly wire that is strung across the surface of the shoal. The lines are placed far enough apart to allow for terns to land on the shoal but close enough together to prevent other birds such as gulls from landing. This keeps the terns safe from predation by gulls and allows them to successfully nest, raising their young and adding to this New York State Threatened population.

Grid removal will be on Tuesday, August 10th starting at 9 a.m. Interested volunteers should call Save The River, 315-686-2010 to let us know you are coming. Volunteers will be leaving from the Thousand Islands Land Trust office at 9 a.m. that morning.

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Volunteers assist this past spring with a clearing of Tidd Island in preparation for the coming nesting season. Photo by Bill Munro.

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