Californian Least Tern by Anne-Marie Bokslag

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A California least tern. This smallest member of the tern subfamily is an endangered species. Historically they nested on many South Californian beaches, but because of loss of habitat and human disturbance their numbers have been greatly reduced.
At Bolsa Chica (CA) two islands have been built for least tern nesting. They arrive there in April from Central or South America and begin nesting in early May. Nests – nothing more than slight depressions scraped out by the adult – are located on barren sandy areas. Two or three eggs are typically laid and young terns hatch in 20 to 25 days and begin flying about 20 days later. Least terns forage for small fish such as anchovies, top smelt, surfperch and California killifish. Undisturbed nesting and foraging areas are the key to the survival of the California least tern.


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  • Jenifer
    Jeniferabout 6 years ago

    This is so cool.

  • Thank you Jen, just a try

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

  • Trevor Fellows
    Trevor Fellowsabout 6 years ago

    nice shirt


  • Glad you like it Trev

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

  • Tony Waite-Pullan
    Tony Waite-Pullanabout 6 years ago

    awesome shirt

  • Thanks Tony

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

  • Gili Orr
    Gili Orrabout 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • Thank you Gili

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

  • Fremme
    Fremmeabout 6 years ago

    great idea, let me know how that goes

  • Thank you Seb. Slow I guess…lol

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

  • NancyC
    NancyCabout 6 years ago

    Nice shirt Anne-Marie…..Nancy

  • Thank you Nancy. Just trying something different…lol.

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

  • amarica
    amaricaabout 6 years ago

    Very nice Anne-Marie

  • Thank you

    – Anne-Marie Bokslag

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