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Safe and Sound

Safe and Sound

A least tern shades its chick beneath a wing in this heartwarming image captured by photographer Joan Miller. Terns, plovers, and skimmers nest in colonies on sandy beaches in the Tampa Bay region. Their well-camouflaged eggs and chicks are hard to see, and the parent birds are easily disturbed by beachgoers and their dogs. When the birds are panicked into flight, their offspring are left dangerously exposed to Florida’s searing summer sun.

Did You Know? If beach-nesting birds become agitated, begin calling loudly, or fly off their nests, you are too close. A general rule is to stay at least 300 feet from a nest.

Photo By: Joan Miller

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