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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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An Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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An Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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An Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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An Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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An Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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A female common tern (Sterna hirundo) at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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A female common tern (Sterna hirundo) at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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A female common tern (Sterna hirundo) at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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An Inca tern (Larosterna inca) at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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An Inca tern (Larosterna inca) at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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A brown noddy tern (Anous stolidus) near Isabela Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Brown noddy terns (Anous stolidus) on Isabela Island in Galapagos National Park.

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A brown noddy tern (Anous stolidus) at Tagus Cove in Galapagos National Park.

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Brown noddy terns (Anous stolidus) at Tagus Cove in Galapagos National Park.

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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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A tern flies near a lighthouse on Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge, where thousands of shore and sea birds nest each year.

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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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Inca tern (Larosterna inca) at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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