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A least tern hovers over a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff

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A least tern hovers over a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff

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  • A least tern hovers over a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • A least tern hovers over a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • A least tern flies over a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • A young least tern rests a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • A least tern carries a small fish in its mouth while on a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • A least tern rests on a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • A least tern rests on a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Dozens of least terns fly over a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Sue Leitholf, an environmental specialist with Rookery Bay, scans the roped off area for least terns for nests on a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Dozens of least terns fly over a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Dozens of least terns fly over a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Dozens of least terns fly over a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Sue Leitholf, an environmental specialist with Rookery Bay, left, with volunteers Barb Leitholf, center, and Jim Truluck, right, scan for least tern nests on a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Sue Leitholf, an environmental specialist with Rookery Bay, right, with volunteers Barb Leitholf, center, and Jim Truluck, left, scan the area for  least tern nests on a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Sue Leitholf, an environmental specialist with Rookery Bay, left, with volunteers Barb Leitholf, right, and Jim Truluck, center, walk along the edge of a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Volunteer Jim Truluck fixes the roped off area for least terns to nest on a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Sue Leitholf, an environmental specialist with Rookery Bay, left, with volunteers Barb Leitholf, center, and Jim Truluck, right, fix the roped off area for least terns to nest on a three-acre sandbar off Cape Romano on June 30, 2011. The sandbar is considered to be one of the largest least tern nesting areas in Florida, home to about 800 birds during the height of the nesting season. The sand bar is checked every week by environmental specialists from Rookery Bay to monitor the status of the coastal bird's colony. Greg Kahn/Staff

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