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PRI's Environmental News Magazine

Earth Ear

Air Date: Week of June 18, 2010

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To everything there is a season – this week it’s terns, terns, terns.


Newly hatched tern and incipient sibling. (Photo: Mark Seth Lender/Salt Marsh Diary)


YOUNG: We leave you this week with a phrase of terns.


YOUNG: Mark Seth Lender accompanied some U.S. Fish and Wildlife scientists to Falkner Island during their annual nest count of Common Terns and the endangered Roseate Tern. Falkner is located off Guilford Connecticut in Long Island Sound, and it’s one of the terns' last safe retreats, and their angry cries send a clear message: ‘Keep Out!’

Terns of Falkner Island in Long Island Sound warn humans to stay away from their nesting grounds. (Photo: Mark Seth Lender/Salt Marsh Diary)



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