Groups See Success In Saving Threatened Species Of Bird

Groups See Success In Saving Threatened Species Of Bird

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With summer starting to wind down, members from the Thousand Islands Land Trust and Save the River along with some volunteers are taking down grids on Eagle Wings Shoal and Tidd Island on the St. Lawrence River.

The grids have been up close to four months to protect the Common Tern.

"The Common Tern is a threatened species in New York, their numbers have declined about 90 percent since the 1950's so their numbers are way down and we're trying to restore them," said Dr. Lee Harper, conservation biologist.

The grids create a barrier so larger birds like cormorants and seagulls can't get in and the terns can have a safe place to nest.

Save the River and some volunteers frequently check on the birds throughout the summer. The grids worked.

"Eagle Wings, we had a wonderful turn, we think there were about 45 nests out there, which the numbers are increasing as our seasons come along," said Kate Breheny, Save the River program manager.

And while this year's high water levels on the St. Lawrence River did flood some of the terns nesting spots, they adjusted.

"If it's flooded out, they won't nest in that location, but they will move on to another," said Breheny.

Now that nesting season is over, the Common Tern will fly to South America for the winter, but they'll be back to the Thousand Islands when spring rolls around.

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