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Conservationists Use Recorded Bird Calls To Attract Other Birds

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For years, the slice of land north of Route 50 near Ocean City has been fertile ground for Royal Terns and Black Skimmers, who prefer to lay their eggs there on patches of bare sand.

But the island, which was once 7 acres, has eroded to just 2.5 acres. Meanwhile, vegetation has grown in one section, making it more attractive for herons and egrets, but less hospitable to the terns and skimmers.

Now, avian activists with the nonprofit Maryland Coastal Bays Program are using recorded bird calls and decoys to entice the birds back.

And they hope that, in this case, birds of a feather will flock together.


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