10 Aug '18, 4pm

U.S. Investigates Beach Volleyball Players Who Destroyed Hundreds of Tern Eggs

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a group of Alabama beach volleyball players who, in order to make a court in the sand, removed and destroyed hundreds of eggs from incubating least terns, a federally protected species. Biologists from the Birmingham, Alabama chapter of the Audubon Society said that while doing bird surveys last month on Sand Island along the Gulf of Mexico, Audubon staff members found that the beach volleyball players had severely damaged a colony of nearly 600 nesting pairs of least terns. The Audubon workers said that on a two-acre stretch of beach they found a volleyball net, abandoned tent poles, and at least 100 least tern nests had been destroyed to build a court. The incubating least tern adults had apparently been chased away, leaving their eggs — one to three per nest — to cook in the sun, killing the embryos. Incubating adults help ke...

Full article: https://e360.yale.edu/digest/u-s-investigates-beach-volle...

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