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This wee gem is from “Status and Conservation of the World’s Seabirds. (1984). ICBP. Cambridge, England”

July 15, 2013

“A decline [of sooty terns] occurred recently in the Culebra area east of Puerto Rico (170,000 pairs in the 1960s to less than 30,000 in 1980 and 16,000 in 1982 [refs]). This occurred after the US armed forces stopped using the Peninsula Flamenco area as a bombing range and the area was left open to human disturbance.”

 

When ‘general human disturbance’ is more damaging to a seabird population than ‘being bombed by the US military’, you can tell we have a problem.

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