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Least tern (Sterna antillarum) - Interior population

Least tern

Photo by Wayne Hathaway for the Tern and Plover Conservation Partnership

 

Status: Endangered, listed May 28, 1985

 

Habitat: Bare alluvial islands and dredged spoil islands

 

Lead Region: 4

 

Region 3 Lead Office: Columbia Missouri Field Office

 

Range: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas

 

Status: Endangered

(Proposed for Delisting)

 

The Interior Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) is the smallest of the terns found in North America. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark recorded their first observation of an Interior Least Tern on August 5, 1804 along the Missouri River, near present day Omaha, Nebraska while on their 1803—1805 “Voyage of Discovery” across North America (2013 Tern and Plover Conservation Partnership Annual Report). Historically, terns nested on sparsely-vegetated sandbars along major rivers in the Central United States. Much of their natural habitat has been lost because of broad-scale changes to our natural river systems that include invasive plants, dams and reservoirs, river channelization, bank stabilization, hydropower generation, and water diversion.

 

More information on proposal for delisting

 

Delisting Interested Party Letter

 

Record Floods Shore Up Interior Least Tern Habitat Dec. 2011

 

Fact sheet on terns and delisting

 

North Dakota Field Office Fact Sheet

 

Species Profile

 

August 2000 Indiana's First HCP Conserves Least Tern (2-page PDFAdobe PDF Icon)

 


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