- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials are warning boaters to be cautious after a large colony of terns has appeared in central Florida.

Biologists say nests of this protected species have been declining in Florida for years. Volusia County environmental management staff recently counted 63 least tern nests on the beach at Disappearing Island. The nests were roped off with signs to protect the birds and educate the public.

State wildlife biologist Alex Kropp is responsible for ensuring the birds continue nesting along Florida beaches. Kropp says finding the largest colony in decades nesting on the ground and hatching chicks on a Volusia beach is a really big deal.

The Daytona Beach news-Journal (https://tinyurl.com/lmwmmo3) reports a couple of tern nests were spotted on nearby Rattlesnake Island last year, but none of the eggs survived.


Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, https://www.news-journalonline.com

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