Coastal Birds

Least Terns

July 22, 2010 — 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. Read More

Piping Plovers

July 22, 2010 — 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. Read More


July 22, 2010 — 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. Read More

Colonial Waterbirds

June 28, 2010 — Colonial waterbirds nest primarily in groups on islands along the Atlantic coast and often feed on estuarine fish and invertebrates. The abundance of these birds indicates the ability of local salt marshes to provide a habitat for the colonial waterbirds' prey. Read More

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