The Examiner 12 Jan, 2021 20:30 am

Least tern

Least tern
When listed as endangered in 1985 as a distinct population segment, fewer than 2,000 interior least terns remained, along with a few dozen nesting sites.

(AP) — The interior least tern, a hardy Midwestern bird that survived a craze for its plumage and dam-building that destroyed much of its habitat, has soared off the endangered species list.The Endangered Species Act requires the Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor the tern for at least five years to make sure its numbers remain stable.Environmental groups that sometimes have opposed dropping species from the endangered list supported the removal of the interior least tern.“We consider it an Endangered Species Act success story for sure,” said Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity.

The interior least tern's population is now estimated at more than 18,000, with about 480 nesting sites available in 18 states, including Missouri.But he cautioned that vigilance was needed to make sure the bird's river habitat remains secure.

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