Coastal Waterbird Program Science-based Conservation
The Coastal Waterbird Program undertakes management research to advance conservation objectives including developing best practices in bird and habitat protection. A good example of this is the program’s intensive study to understand movements and post-breeding habitat use of Roseate Terns, in partnership with USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
Our work indicates that the majority of the endangered Northwest Atlantic Roseate Tern population stages (readies for migration) in southeastern Massachusetts—specifically, on outer Cape Cod and Nantucket beaches. The study has provided important data for policy making and offshore energy siting.