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Return of the Terns to Alameda Point

Ever so often I come across a post that really lighten up my spirits and this is one such post.  Evelyn Kennedy, Realtor, ALAMEDA, CA wrote about the "Return of the Terns to Alameda Point.  As an endangered specie, these birds need special protection from our government.  The great news is that this colony at Alameda Point is a successful one.  If you are a bird watcher, this is Awesome news.  Please stop by Evelyn's post and leave her a comment.

 

 

Return of the Terns to Alameda Point

people waiting to take bus tour of the least tern breeding ground



Today, I and 34 other people paid a visit to see the Least Terns return to Alameda Point.  Every year the East Bay Regional Park District provides a peak at the breeding birds. The California Least Tern is an endangered species which nests on the runway, of all places, at the Alameda Point, the former Naval Air Station in Alameda.  Every year the

Lest Tern nesting at Alameda Point



The Least Terns have returned every spring in April from their winter home in Central America since the Least Tern colony began breeding at the Naval Air Station in 1976. The Least Tern is a tiny tern, about 9", that is found in only a few location in North America. Terns are graceful fliers who plunge into the water diving for small fish to take to their offspring.

Least Tern at Alameda Point with clay pipe shelter



The Least Tern has adapted to a few site which are available to them since their breeding territory of undisturbed beaches are no longer a safe place to breed.  You would think that breeding on an active Navy jet runway would be impossible for these tiny birds, but they were able to adapt and avoid the jets and survive and thrive.

The colony of terns at Alameda Point is considered the most successful for the birds.  Because the terns have been able to thrive at Alameda Point, there have other new colonies established elsewhere in California.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service manages the Alameda Point site.  Volunteers and USFWS employees position the tern furniture such as cinder blocks, wooden A frames, clay tiles and oyster shells before the terns return to breed at Alameda Point.  

Least Tern nesting at Alameda Point



According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, “the grid blocks are placed into position using a global positioning system for complete accuracy.  When Tern Watch volunteers or the Fish & Wildlife biologist observe activity, they record the data according to a grid letter/number.  Without a grid system, it would be difficult to record accurate data for hundreds of eggs and chicks.

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