Their fortunes tied to the tides, many species of coastal birds nest directly on the beach. Here Nature seems to conspire against them in these places we so often associate with idyllic relaxation. On North America’s temperate Atlantic Coast, beaches … Continue reading
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I’m always happy to learn that some little sandbar has received protection on behalf of beach-nesting birds. Read about Second Chance Sandbar and add one more thing to be thankful for this week!
I know it sounds like something lewd, but this is a river management technique to promote habitat for nesting Least Terns and fish like sturgeon that need deep water areas in the Mississippi. Read on: Washington, D.C., September 9, … Continue reading