Endangered Terns Nest on Protected NY Beach

Terns are in danger of extinction in New York State. They have few suitable places left to nest and Nickerson Beach, on Long Island, is one of them. It has roped-off, protected areas where terns and other endangered birds, such as Piping Plovers, can nest.

The terns fly out just beyond the breaking waves to catch small fish to bring back to their hungry chicks:
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Here, a tern poses on a sign warning people to stay out of the protected nesting areas:
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Photographs taken June 27, 2014

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