After 35 Years Of Protection, Least Tern Back From Brink Of Extinction

"TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — The interior least tern, a hardy Midwestern bird that survived a craze for its plumage and dam-building that destroyed much of its habitat, has soared off the endangered species list.

Federal officials said Tuesday that 35 years of legal protection and habitat restoration efforts had brought the tern back from the brink of extinction.

“Dozens of states, federal agencies, tribes, businesses and conservation groups have worked tirelessly over the course of three decades to successfully recover these birds,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Aurelia Skipwith said."

John Flesher reports for the Associated Press January 12, 2021.

Source: AP, 01/18/2021