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Common tern’s uncommon tale has upturn

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When last we left the common tern, all we knew of the black-and-white water bird was that it was a threatened species blamed for singly quashing plans for a signature bridge over the Niagara River. But things are looking up for this migratory fowl, due to arrive later this month in Buffalo Harbor, where its numbers are flourishing. Buffalo is now believed to be home of the largest tern colony on the Great Lakes, thanks to state efforts to improve nesting grounds along breakwaters in the harbor, according to a report released Tuesday. “They’re thriving in Buffalo,” said Ed Alkiewicz, director of relicensing and implementation for the New York Power Authority. “It’s a success story.”  more...


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