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Terns and Plovers


The Federal listing status of interior least terns (Sternula antillarum, endangered; hereafter “terns”) and Northern Great Plains piping plovers (Charadrius melodus, threatened; hereafter “plovers”) has motivated substantial work to understand ecological relationships between these birds and their nesting habitats. Both species build nests on shoreline and sandbar habitat throughout the Northern Great Plains. Habitat located within the Missouri River system supports nesting populations and is an important component of recovery efforts for both species. Since 2005, NPWRC research on terns and plovers has broadly focused on describing the demographics of populations (i.e. estimating reproductive rates, survival rates, and emigration/immigration [...]

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