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Least Tern Volunteers Needed

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  • JWeintraub@fullerton.edu
    Forwarded mail for your information... I ll also post it to OrCoRBA tomorrow... Joel: would you please post the following on your orange county birding site.
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2001
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      Forwarded mail for your information... I'll also post it to OrCoRBA
      tomorrow...

      Joel: would you please post the following on your orange county
      birding
      site.

      The endangered California least tern is back for its breeding season
      along
      the southern coastline. One of its nesting sites is located on Nasa
      Island
      within the Anaheim Bay estuary. The terns could use your help. The
      El
      Dorado Audubon Society initiated their "Eyes on the Colony" project a
      couple years ago. The project involves getting birders out to the
      site to
      monitor for avian predators, eg. ravens, crows, kestrels, shrike,
      peregrines and owls. If and when the volunteer monitors observe
      potential
      predators, they either scare them away directly (by shouting and
      whistling) or they contact the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge
      predator
      management specialist who comes and tries to discourage the predators
      by
      hazing, trapping, relocating, or other means. For the last three
      years,
      the level of breeding success at this site has depended on the
      presence and
      efforts of these monitors. The "Eyes on the Colony" monitoring
      program is
      set up to have 1-2 people watching the site at each of three 4-hour
      shifts, starting at 7 AM and ending at 7 PM. A protocol and note form
      is
      available at the Nature Center (Bldg. 226) at the Refuge. The
      National
      Wildlife Refuge and tern nesting site is located on the Seal Beach
      Naval
      Weapons Station at 800 Seal Beach Blvd. in the City of Seal Beach.
      Your
      help is needed. If interested, please contact John Bradley, Refuge
      Manager
      at (562) 598-1024, or sign up at www.seal-beach.org.

      Thanks, John Bradley, Refuge Manager, Seal Beach National Wildlife
      Refuge
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