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Title: Species profile : Least tern (Sterna antillarum), interior population, on military installations in the Southeastern United States
Authors: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (U.S.)
Mitchell, Wilma A.
Keywords: DoD installations
Plant communities
Interior population
Least tern
Species profile
Management techniques
Environmental management
Threatened and Endangered species
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: The least tern (Sterna antillarum) is a neotropical migrant species that primarily breeds along coastal waterways of the United States and winters in Central and South America. The interior population of the least tern was listed as Federally endangered in 1985 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, primarily due to habitat alteration and destruction. Interior least terns are the smallest of North American terns and breed and nest in colonies on riverine sand and gravel bars along major river systems in the central United States. Although few southeastern U.S. military installations are located on rivers within the range of the interior population, installations with suitable habitat in other sections of the United States should benefit from this profile. This document is one of a series of Species Profiles being developed for threatened, endangered, and sensitive species inhabiting southeastern United States plant communities. The work is being conducted as part of the Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP). The report is designed to supplement information provided in plant community management reports for major United States plant communities found on military installations. Information provided on the interior population of the least tern includes status, life history and ecology, habitat requirements, impacts and causes of decline, habitat assessment techniques, inventory and monitoring, and management and protection.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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