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Posted 9/5/2014

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By Story and photos by Lorraine Margeson


It’s still dark before first light brushes the sky; I’m on a boat headed towards an island.  As I get closer, an almost prehistoric call assails mine and my companion’s ears and alerts us to the wonders of this island. 

I am not describing some exotic vacation adventure promising journeys into the unknowns of the natural world.  I’m a bird monitor headed for the dike raising project on Dredge Material Placement Facility-3D.  That prehistoric sound was the call of many Caspian Terns guarding their young at one of this year’s two successful nesting colonies on DMPF-3D! 

I want to tell you a bit about the bird nesting that has been absolutely fantastic this year!

The Caspian Tern is the world’s largest tern, and although distributed worldwide, Florida has only five documented nesting locations, one of which is DMPF- 3D!  The excellent cooperation from all workers in strictly following the many management tools has given us glorious success.