Interior Least Tern
The Interior Least Tern recovery program has made tremendous progress by protecting nests.
Kentucky is home to 10% of the world’s population of interior least terns, which nest on sandbar islands in the Mississippi River. Protecting nests is important as changes to river systems have eliminated many historic nesting spots. These shorebirds are extremely vulnerable to human disturbance. By posting signs and prohibiting recreational access to these sandbars, nest success has increased in recent years. Nest protection and monitoring continue in the effort to remove this species from the endangered species list.