Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2002 18:45:31 -0500
Reply-To: Mike Chapman <mchapman@DARIENTEL.NET>
Sender: Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Mike Chapman <mchapman@DARIENTEL.NET>
Subject: Re: Andrews Island
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I was at Kings Bay Naval Base when they created a new nesting area for the terns there. Their attempt at forcing the birds to move from the building roofs to the new area resulted in the birds abandoning the whole area and at least that nesting season was lost and, at last word, the birds have never used the created nesting area. "If you build it they will come" doesn't always work. If the area is attractive, they will find it. The area mentioned for the island is downstream from LCP and Hercules. Is the dredge spoil which will be used to build this island clean?
Brad Winn wrote:
> Mike Chapman and all:
> The response you received from Steve Calver (below) of the ACOE concerning the Least Tern nesting colony on Andrew's Island should not have been disturbing to you or any GABO members at all, but good news for those interested in seabird conservation in Georgia. Steve has been working very hard to establish a secure nesting site for Least Terns, Gull-billed Terns, and Black Skimmers, away from Andrew's Island and the highly contaminated marshes associated with the LCP chemical plant. The establishment of a small island that will be managed specifically for beach nesting birds should be embraced by the birding community, with Steve Calver held in high esteem for his undaunted effort in the name of bird conservation.
> Andrew's Island has recently been, and will continue to be an active dredge disposal site. Tern nesting at Andrews has been tenuous at best, and with dredge activity on the rise, will probably become futile for birds attempting to reproduce there in the near future. Contaminants found in the eggs of terns nesting there, raise questions concerning the value of maintaining a colony so close to a contaminated feeding location.
> If and when the new nesting island is completed in St. Simons Sound, we (DNR, ACOE) will actively attempt to move the Least Tern colony to the new location designed for them. A combination of social attraction by way of decoys and possibly recorded calls will be used to stimulate nesting on the new site. Simultaneously we will create a chronic disturbance of the Andrew's Island historic nesting location and hope the birds get the hint.
> Thank you Steve for all of your efforts. You may eventually be responsible for one of the largest and most stable seabird nesting colonies in Georgia.
> Brad Winn
> >>> Mike Chapman <mchapman@DARIENTEL.NET> Friday, March 08, 2002 6:56:27 PM >>>
> Thought I would pass this along. I sent a message to Steve Calver with
> the Corps of Engineers about the future of the least tern nesting colony
> on Andrews Island. In the past they have been maintaining an area there
> for the terns, who have been nesting there for at least 15 years that I
> am aware of. The last sentence is especially disturbing:
> Our intent is to construct a nesting island in St.Simons Sound SW of the
> Jekyll Island pier but on the north side of the channel as part of Brn
> Deepening. This proposal is at our Division offices in Atl waiting
> approval. The Project Cooperative Agreement will be signed after that
> approval is obtained. We hope that construction will begin in late
> with the island ready for next year. There are no plans to construct a
> area there this year. Because the island will not be ready this year,
> it is
> my hope that we can protect any nesting areas there this year. Next
> year I
> would hope to try and disturb the birds when they first come in with the
> hopes they will find the new island.
> Mike and Kathy Chapman
> Brunswick, GA
Mike and Kathy Chapman