Endangered Least Tern numbers up in Indiana

From the Associated Press via WTHR.com

East Mount Carmel – State wildlife official say Indiana’s populations of an endangered water-loving bird are on the rise in the state’s southwestern corner.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says Indiana’s least tern populations have grown significantly since a single pair of the petite shorebirds were found in Gibson County in 1986.

The DNR says about 150 least tern adults were found last year in that region and those birds reared a record-high 165 young.

DNR nongame bird biologist John Castrale says the federally endangered bird’s resurgence is a result of “hard work” by government agencies and business partners who have provided suitable habitat for the bird and worked to protect them predators and disturbances.

One of the bird’s nesting sites is near a cooling lake for a Duke Energy power plant.

Story Link: Indiana’s populations of endangered bird on the rise – 13 WTHR.


photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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