Photos of the Long Island Sound

Research & Monitoring

Status and Trends: LISS Environmental Indicators

Coastal Birds


Osprey are one of the largest birds of prey in North America, and found throughout the world. Their population was seriously affected by pesticides such as DDT in the 1950s and 1960s. Populations recovered due to the ban on DDT and management efforts to increase available habitat. Populations have recovered to the point where state conservationists have stopped tracking their numbers. View Indicator

Piping Plovers

Piping plovers are small shorebirds that nest on the beaches of Long Island Sound. The abundance of breeding pairs reflects availability of beach nesting habitat and management efforts to protect nesting pairs from human intrusion, storm tides and predators. View Indicator

Least Terns

The least tern is the smallest of American terns. They are migratory birds that breed along marine and estuarine shores of the United States. Their abundance indicates the quality of coastal habitat and quantity of forage fish available for food. View Indicator

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