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Least Terns Find a New Home

Volunteer project turns part of a dock into nesting haven for threatened birds.

Take a look! A section of a seldom-used dock along the waterfront in Charleston, South Carolina, is now a nesting ground for least terns threatened in the state.

Volunteers from NOAA, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Audubon, and others transformed part of an old Navy dock into an unlikely nesting hotspot for the least tern. As of August 7, 2016, least terns have created seven nests (and hatched eleven chicks!) on the pier behind NOAA's Office for Coastal Management.

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