WHY ARE WE INTERESTED IN INTERIOR LEAST TERNS AND PIPING PLOVERS?
Interior Least Tern and Piping Plover populations have declined due to:
- broad-scale alteration of natural river systems
- loss of midstream river nesting habitat
- loss of overwintering habitat
- hunting for the restaurant and millinery trades in the late 1800s and early 1900s
Amount of midstream river sandbar nesting habitat has been reduced by
- invasive plant species
- construction of dams and reservoirs
- river channelization
- bank stabilization
- island armoring
- hydropower generation
- water diversion
Threats to overwintering habitat for both species include
- sea level rise
- global climate change
- residential, industrial, and commercial development
Day-old plover chick running across the sand at Lake McConaughy, NE
Interior Least Tern in flight
Piping Plover flying across the sandbars of a river bed.
Interior Least Tern
Adult male plover with chick near water.
Interior Least Tern chick looking for a little shade
Two 1-day old plover chicks with unhatched egg.
Adult Interior Least Tern and chick
Day-old plover chick at Lake McConaughy, NE
Interior Least Tern adult and chick.
Weighing Interior Least Tern chick
Interior Least Tern nest with one chick and egg.
Piping Plover feigning a broken wing to draw prey from the plover's nest.
- "Tern and Plover Conservation Partnership 2014 Annual Report"
- "Review of Interior Least Tern and Piping Plover Management, Conservation, and Recovery on the Lower Platte River, Nebraska"
- May – August is the Tern and Plover Field Season