Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


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“Least Tern and Piping Plover Surveys of the Central and Upper Platte River 2001–2004” from Nebraska Bird Review (June 2005) 73(2).


Copyright 2005 Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. Used by permission.


Central Platte Natural Resources District (Central Platte NRD), Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), and Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (Central) have been involved in monitoring and management of interior Least Tern (Sterna antillarum) and Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) nesting habitat along the Platte River and on the shores of Lake McConaughy in Nebraska since the late 1980s. Since 2001, Central Platte NRD, NPPD, and Central have also helped implement the Least Tern and Piping Plover monitoring protocol developed by the Technical Advisory Committee of the Platte River Endangered Species Partnership (PRESP) (PRESP 2002a, an earlier version of the protocol used in 2001). PRESP is an organization created under a 1997 "Cooperative Agreement for Platte River Research and Other Efforts Relating to Endangered Species Habitats Along the Central Platte River, Nebraska," among the states of Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The survey efforts reported here focused on the central and upper Platte River valley between North Platte and Chapman, Nebraska, including surveys of riverine sandbar, constructed nesting island, and sandpit habitats.