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California least ternCalifornia least tern. The decline of these small seabirds that like to fish for anchovies and smelt in the shallow coastal waters of central and Southern California began in the late 19th century, due to the desirability of their feathers for women’s hats. In the decades after the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1916 ended that threat, populations again began to plummet as habitat was wiped out by development and recreational pressures.

By the 1940s, terns were extirpated from most beaches of Orange and Los Angeles counties and were considered sparse elsewhere. When listed as endangered in 1970, just 225 nesting tern pairs were recorded in California. Protection of nest beaches from development and disturbance, and active predator-control programs, allowed the species to steadily increase to about 7,100 pairs in California in 2004. In 2006, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended downlisting of the California least tern. In 2010, a population of 6,568 was recorded.

P.S. You can download a PDF of the 16-page report here.

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Photo credits: American alligator and island fox photos courtesy National Park Service, Black-footed ferret by Randy Matchett, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, California least tern courtesy Flickr Commons/USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

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11:54AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

great!
we must keep on fighting

11:26AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

5:36PM PDT on May 26, 2012

When we as a people determine that ALL animals/organisims have a right to live on this planet, then life as we know it, will be forever enriched.

3:49AM PDT on May 25, 2012

GOOD, BUT NOT ENOUGH!

9:05PM PDT on May 23, 2012

All endangered species need to be protected to the greatest extent. Actually, all wildlife should be protected....

8:33PM PDT on May 23, 2012

thanks

7:56PM PDT on May 23, 2012

THAT IS GREAT YET STILL NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE... AND THE DIFFERENCE IS GETTING ALL IN CONGRESS THE HELL OUT OF THERE FOR BETTER CHANGES; PREVENT NUTS LIKE PALIN FROM BEING IN ANY PUBLIC OFFICE OR IN THE PUBLIC EYE SPREADING THEIR VENOM...

THESE IDIOTS, AND GREEDY PEOPLE LIKE RANCHERS, ESPECIALLY THE CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION, NEED TO BACK OFF BEFORE WE HAVE NO EARTH FOR THEM TO BE STUPID ON...

7:48PM PDT on May 23, 2012

Petition signed, thank you.

4:46PM PDT on May 23, 2012

keep up the great work!

3:58PM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thank you for your work in saving some of the other life forces on our planet.
That is the first step and now we need to add to the list.....there are billions of life forces still on our planet to save from the greed / ego lusts of the 1%.

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