Black Tern (Chlidonias niger surinamensis):A Technical Conservation Assessment

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) Science Article 1


The black tern (Chlidonias niger surinamensis) still occupies most of its former range. The continental population likely numbers in the low to mid hundreds of thousands and appears stable within the habitat that remains. However, given the severity of previous declines, conservation of the black tern still warrants serious concern. Primary conservation needs include tightening wetland protection laws, enhancing habitat protection programs and developing better population monitoring strategies.

David E. Naugle, Wildlife Biology Program, School of Forestry

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