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Among the many beautiful seabirds that grace Florida's coasts is the tiny least tern, a feisty creature that scrapes out its nest on open beaches or on the graveled roofs of manmade buildings. Its life is an exciting but harrowing one from birth to maturity, migration and returning to find a mate, nest and raise its own young. These threatened birds migrate 2,000 from Brazil to the coast of Florida to raise their young, arriving in April and leaving in late summer, after their young are strong enough to migrate back to South America. Least terns are endangered in the middle of the United States and threatened along the west coast of California. Both shorebirds and seabirds who nest on the beach continue to experience many threats highlighted in this book: loss of habitat, coastal recreation, dogs, human disturbances, plastic pollution, water pollution, climate change, overfishing and predators-some of them, such as gulls, feral cats and crows, lured in by the food that humans discard.

This book lets you share a journey with Marco, one young tern who must overcome the many obstacles that threaten him, his family, and the very existence of his species. Readers will also learn about other threatened beach-nesting species, such as black skimmers, Wilson's plovers, snowy plovers and loggerhead sea turtles. Although written for school-aged children, this book provides information for adults as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942340126
Publisher: Nature Connections
Publication date: 07/05/2021
Pages: 46
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 7 - 12 Years

About the Author

Mary Lundeberg connects people with nature through photography and stories. Her goal as a writer/photographer is to create an appreciation for the beauty and fragility of this planet, especially water ecosystems, such as the rivers in Wisconsin, the lakes in Minnesota, the estuaries in Florida, and the disappearing glaciers in Antarctica. Mary's photographs have been exhibited in juried art galleries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Florida, and published in books, calendars, native plant brochures, and newspapers. She is the recipient of the 2020 Philip Hyde Conservation Grant awarded by the North American Nature Photography Association.The books she creates are designed to enhance interest in the natural world and conservation. As a former K-12 reading teacher, professor, and co-leader of the Literacy Achievement Research Center at Michigan State University, she understands the connection between science and literacy. Mary has published over 88 articles and chapters, five books, and numerous photographs and won awards from state, national and international associations. For more information and photographs, please visit her website at
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