Roseate tern. Photo/Jorge Saliva, USFWS

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has recognized staff and faculty of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for their environmental efforts at a GreenCircle awards ceremony at its headquarters in Hartford.

Coast Guard Academy cadets and staff partnered with Connecticut Audubon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Connecticut College and New London Magnet School to build 200 nesting boxes for the roseate tern, a state and federally listed endangered bird, after Tropical Storm Irene destroyed 200 nesting boxes on Falkner Island. The special ground boxes are designed to protect eggs and young chicks from predators like herons, owls, gulls and other raptors. Before the nesting boxes were used, approximately 30% of hatched tern chicks successfully fledged. With nesting boxes, the fledging rate increased to 81%.
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