This is the last regular weekly update, as all the remaining plover chicks have now fledged (33 fledglings in total). Four least tern chicks fledged this year with one still yet to fledge. (It’s in the stretch between Lot 2 and Lot 3.) Between the intense weather (rain, storms, and heat) and lots of predation, it was a tough year for the birds, but the long-term trends are still very positive. I’ll send out an end-of-season summary when I’ve had time to sort through the data more thoroughly.
Thanks to all the staff and especially the volunteers for their efforts to make this season as productive as possible for the plovers and terns.