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Creating Nesting Habitat for the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) on the Repaired Ashtabula Breakwater: Lessons Learned 2014 - 2016

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Technical Report

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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development VICKSBURG United States

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The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development ERDC, Environmental Laboratory EL developed this technical note to summarize data collected during avian monitoring efforts on a repaired breakwater in Ashtabula Harbor, Ashtabula, OH. The repaired breakwater included a modified design that provided nesting habitat for the state-listed Ohio Common Tern Sterna hirundo. The purpose of the nesting structure was to demonstrate simple design changes, executed during repairs to an existing breakwater, that increases environmental benefits consistent with the Engineering With Nature EWN initiative U.S. Army Corps of Engineers USACE 2012. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency USEPA, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative GLRI, and the Dredging Operations and Environmental Research Program DOER funded this project. The Nature Conservancy TNC, with expert consultation from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ODNR and the New York Department of Natural Resources NYDNR, assisted with the implementation of this project. Elements of this work included 1 specific features of the repaired breakwater utilized to attract terns to the structure, 2 development and implementation of a monitoring program to assess the use of the structure by terns, 3 description of media coverage of this effort, and 4 final results and lessons learned from the project and future efforts to monitor the breakwater.

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  • Civil Engineering
  • Ecology

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