Endangered interior least tern (Sterna antillarum)
During high water years, least terns are often found nesting on floodplain roads and farm fields—areas where they are extremely vulnerable to human disturbance and increased predation from dogs, cats, coyotes, raccoons, and other small predators. Unfortunately, few nests in these areas are able to successfully fledge young birds.
More information: go.usa.gov/IvU
Photo credit: Jane Ledwin/USFWS