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Tern Season Comes to a Close

August 23rd, 2010 | Posted by admin

This summer was a successful one for terns on the River, with numbers at an all time high on the River as a whole. Save The River volunteers worked very hard this season along with our conservation partners the Thousand Island Land Trust (TILT) to increase avaiable nesting habitat on the River for terns as well as keeping close watch on these special little birds over the nesting season.

babies 7.1.10 at 213

Just last week, volunteers from Save The River and TILT took down two exclusion grids on the Eagle Wing Group and Tidd Island. Both sites are gridded annually with a wire net at waist height that keeps the nesting terns safe from gulls and other birds that feed and harass terns. The removal of the grids is the end of nesting season on the River and both organizations are already working on habitat restoration initiatives for next year to ensure the continued population increase for the New York State Threatened Species.

To read and learn more about tern populations on the River this year read the Watertown Daily Times recent article.

To learn more about the grid removal project check out Channel 7’s news coverage of this project.

Need more background? Check out our Common Tern Monitoring page and listen to North Country Public Radios report on this project.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who assisted in this year’s Common Tern Monitoring Program. We are looking forward to another successful year of tern farming next year.

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