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KBA Biologists Monitor Endangered Bird

2010.  KBA Biologists began monitoring the activities of the endangered Interior Least Tern near a major sewer line project along the Trinity River in Grand Prairie, Texas. The tern is a migratory bird that winters in Central America and returns to North Texas in the spring to make its nest in gravel substrates near rivers, ponds, and lakes. Although the species naturally makes its nest on gravel banks adjacent to water bodies, it occasionally makes its nests in unusual places. In this case, the tern is nesting on the gravel rooftop of a warehouse and flies to ponds adjacent to the river and the right-of-way to feed on small fish.

KBA began monitoring in the spring of 2009 and is continuing to monitor in spring and summer of 2010 to ensure that construction activities in the right-of-way do not adversely affect the endangered bird. Thus far, the tern and the construction have coexisted well.

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