Sea Birds

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Birders are celebrating today, after Virginia’s governor announced migratory species would be protected by state law. 

The decision came after the Trump Administration said it would no longer honor the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  And the Department of Transportation paved traditional nesting grounds as part of the Hampton Roads Bridge and Tunnel expansion.

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Bird lovers are gearing up to protect the state’s largest sea bird colony -- asking Governor Northam to step in and protect the nesting grounds of gulls and terns that have raised their chicks near the Hampton Roads Bridge and Tunnel Complex for decades.

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Virginia’s Department of Transportation has now paved an island where about 25-thousand nesting sea birds and their chicks have spent spring and summer.  It’s not clear what they will do when they return from their winter homes, but state officials are now considering creating an island for them.

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The Port of Virginia is set to begin dredging to create the deepest shipping center on the East Coast.  The $350 million project has caught the attention of bird lovers who want to use excess sand and mud to create new habitat for species displaced by the Hampton Roads Bridge and Tunnel expansion. 

The worst Atlantic coast storm in history, Hurricane Sandy, killed hundreds of people and destroyed more than half a million homes in 2012. But for some beach dwelling species, it was a net gain.  Endangered shore birds got a boost from the massive storm, thanks to a natural occurrence that’s been going on for millennia.

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