Floats for Fledglings

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Don’t let its name fool you – the Common tern is no longer common, but is listed as endangered in Ohio. Increased competition for suitable colony nesting sites as well as egg and fledgling predation have diminished its population. 

The good news is that, thanks to a cooperative effort between The Ohio Division Wildlife and Metroparks Toledo, you might have a chance to view Common terns on your next visit Howard Marsh Metropark. 

Floating nest platforms made from repurposed pontoon boats have been anchored in the wetlands on the Egret Trail near the pump. They mimic naturally occurring habitat and even provide a means for egg and chick protection. 

On your next visit, take a walk along the Egret Trail to see the floats for nesting Common terns.