Help Protect Endangered
Near Lewisport, Ky., is the only known island in the Ohio River with nests of
the endangered interior least terns. Please help Kentucky Fish and Wildlife
protect these nests by staying off the island. Biologists are marking the island
with signs July 1. Please encourage friends and boaters to stay away from this
island as long as it remains posted.
Interior least terns nest directly on the ground. The
coloration of their eggs blends in so well with the sand that it is easy for a
person to step on a nest without realizing it. Even beaching a boat on the
island or staying so close that adult birds fly off the nest is dangerous as
well. Adults must keep eggs shaded; otherwise the temperature can rise so high
that the embryos are destroyed.
Least terns nest on islands that do not have vegetation.
This helps them avoid predators.
This holiday weekend, help protect wildlife by staying off
this posted island.