Once Endangered, The ‘Interior Least Tern’, Now Thrives in Midwest

January 15, 2021 by No Comments

Good news! After 35 years of Federal protection, the interior least tern is now off of the endangered species list for North America. The interior least is the smallest member of the tern family and weighs only 2 ounces. Their habitat had been decimated by new dams and their feathers were once treasured for adornment in women’s hats.

Officially designated as an endangered species in 1985, there was estimated to be fewer than 2000 interior least terns in existence. Decades worth of conservation efforts have resulted in the population exceeding 18,000 birds spread across 18 US states. The states with known populations are: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

Source: Chicago Tribune