Terns dance. With each other. They have a distinctive  and rather formal courtship dance, complete with a fish dinner. They feed their young with an elegant offering at the end of a gracefully extended neck and beak.  Most Tern species nest on open beach. This precious real estate puts these small birds in competition with human development, a fight they will never survive without our help. So let's give them some space and watch them dance. The world is a more wondrous place for it. 

Tiny new born Least Tern chicks on Shelter Island.

Seatuck Environmental Association is monitoring the Common Tern, a species listed as threatened, in the Great South Bay. The Re-Tern project attempts to expand their nesting grounds and survey the well-being of the present population. 

Least Tern siblings growing up in the wrack line.

A brave Common Tern chick imitates its parent and defends the family territory on Grouse Island in the Great South Bay.

Least Terns sharing an Atlantic Silverside above and a Striped Killifish below. 

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