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A federally endangered interior least tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos).

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A federally endangered interior least tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos) on a nest sand pit along the Platte River near North Bend, NE.

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A federally endangered interior least tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos).

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A prodigy of adaptation, the endangered least tern (Sterna albifrons) survived the test of evolution by nesting on barren sandbars, protected from predators by the swift flow of surrounding rivers. These moated habitats are created by naturally occurring spring floods, which humans now spend millions to prevent.

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An interior least tern (Sterna antillarum), a federally endangered species, on its nest at the Western Sand and Gravel mine along the Platte River near Fremont, NE. Many mine companies are pausing work during the nesting season in areas this bird and other rare species use.

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An adult least tern (endangered) dive-bombs to protect its nest near Lake McConaughy in Nebraska.

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An adult least tern (endangered) dive-bombs to protect its nest near Lake McConaughy in Nebraska.

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Hours-old least tern (Sterna antillarum) chicks sleep as they’re photographed near North Bend, Nebraska. (The interior population of this species is federally listed as Endangered.)

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The eggs of a least tern (endangered) blend in with their sandy background on the shore of Lake McConaughy.

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An adult least tern (endangered) in flight near Lake McConaughy in Nebraska.

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Mother least tern and chick (endangered) on the beach of Lake McConaughy.

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Newly hatched least tern chicks on a nest on the shores of Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska.

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Mother least tern and chick (endangered) on the beach of Lake McConaughy.

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Mother least tern and chick (endangered) on the beach of Lake McConaughy.

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