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Story 2.0: Stitching a security blanket for the threatened common tern

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Almost ten years ago, conservationists tried a experiment to protect the common tern, a threatened native bird on the St. Lawrence River. Its nesting habitat was getting overrun by gulls and geese. So they faked that habitat on the Seaway’s giant navigation buoys. By 2006, the number of tern nests was the highest recorded since 1982. The project is a collaboration between Save the River, the Thousand Islands Land Trust, and Massena-based biologist Lee Harper. David Sommerstein returns to see the latest in tern-saving technology, a wire grid that keeps tern chicks in and other birds out.
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