Preserving Crucial Tern Habitat in Long Island Sound

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Story, Wildlife

Great Gull Island is home to one of the most important nesting habitats for Roseate and Common terns in the world. The estimated 1,300 pairs of Roseate terns that summer on the 17-acre island at the eastern end of Long Island Sound represent the largest nesting concentration in the Western Hemisphere, and the 9,500 pairs of Common terns are the largest concentration of this species in the world.

But while the terns are currently thriving, their environment is being overrun by nuisance and invasive plant species, such as the wild radish, Black Swallow-wort, and Asiatic Bittersweet, that threaten to destroy their nesting sites.

For more on this story, visit: Preserving Crucial Tern Habitat in Long Island Sound | UConn Today.

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