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Roseate Tern | Florida Everglades Tours | April 30, 2015

Posted by Manny Miami on 28th Apr 2015

The Roseate Tern is now considered an endangered species in the northeast. Apparently it was once far more numerous along much of Atlantic Coast, but today these animals nest in only a few specific sites. The initial population decline may have been caused by hunting for the plume trade in the late 1800s. After a partial recovery, some colonies not surprisingly disappeared after the 1930s, when many islands were overrun by expanding populations of Herring Gulls in the northeast. The continuing decline may involve hunting of Terns on wintering grounds in northeastern South America. Read more