There was some discussion on the Common Terns a while back and I wanted to update you. We went there last weekend and there were Terns everywhere. I went back tonight and there were still lots of Terns but not on that barge. The Marina have put a few things on it to keep them away.... seen in pictures below. It's working... but they are flying over the other rocks that surround the marina, so I'm not sure what they will do now.

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Comment by Joanne Savage on May 27, 2015 at 9:57pm

I'm just shaking my head Deb. That town could be better known and served by the birds rather than spoiled boat sitters.

Comment by Deb M on May 27, 2015 at 9:45pm

Today, May 27, 2015... this is a barge that was put up last year. It looks to be working but not nearly the amount of Terns you would see at the Marina.

Comment by Stuart Tingley on May 31, 2014 at 10:02am
At the marina right now (10am, May 31). Dozens of terns are hanging high over their nest site and screaming, waiting for that coyote to move on (?). Boaters are lined up waiting their turn to put their pleasure craft into the water. I wonder if anyone notices the terns?
Comment by Deb M on May 31, 2014 at 9:56am

 I live on Pointe aux Bouleaux in Barachois and they are coming right up into the inlet to fish and such. I didn't see them there at all last year. It's sad that they don't have a place to live/breed.

Comment by Stuart Tingley on May 31, 2014 at 9:12am

I think the rocks were placed in such a way that there are no gaps between them large enough for a tern nest. I'll check it out again today. The last couple of times I was down there it was congested with heavy equipment and boaters putting their crafts into the water so I didn't linger. There were no terns present.

Comment by Dwayne Biggar on May 31, 2014 at 4:46am

So the rocks did work!?  I didn't know that, after them trying to nest on the net, then on the piles of christmas trees they put there to discourage them, I thought they'd find places among the rocks.  It is indeed a disgrace, there was talk among naturalists, years ago, to try to raise money to expand nest sites elsewhere.  I wonder if that can be resurrected?

So the marina members aren't contributing to the new nest sites?  I thought they were going to help out there too.  

Comment by Stuart Tingley on May 30, 2014 at 10:40pm

The barge was enlarged and resurfaced with boulders last fall and I expect the operators of the marina intentionally made sure that the new surface couldn't support tern nests. They have succeeded and the terns are indeed homeless this year. This is a disgrace for Shediac. As I mentioned earlier, there is a small-scale experimental project going on nearby to offer at least a few terns a suitable nesting site on floating platforms. This project is being carried out by The Shediac Bay Watershed Association. Hopefully this will work and can be expanded in future if funds are made available. 

Comment by Dwayne Biggar on May 30, 2014 at 5:25am

I doubt this will have much effect, like the plastic owls that keep pigeons off your roof for about an hour, they get used to it.  

I googled the topic looking for pics of THE NET and found these from Stu.   Some terns actually got trapped under the net and yet the marina fought against taking it down.

Comment by Holly Frazer on May 29, 2014 at 9:33pm

My pen is feeling itchy and rather caustic at the moment and only barely restrained from writing to the local media, town council, friends who are residents in Shediac, and Tourism NB and anyone else I can think of with the target of my ink being pleasure craft owners with berths at and the Shediac marina operators in particular.  

Comment by Laura Hare on May 24, 2014 at 9:05am

Weren't they going to remove that barge a few years ago ? I remember reading in the paper that the boater's were complaining about the birds "bombing" their boats.Is this the reason they are trying to get rid of the Tern's ?

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