One of my favorite projects each year is our work on the Endangered interior least tern. After at least 4 consecutive years of flooding during the breeding season coming into the 2012 season, the least terns desperately need a good season. And that we have for 2012. The Ohio and Mississippi rivers are at the lowest levels I have seen in my time in Kentucky. The river gauge at New Madrid, MO needs to read below 28 feet before the first island appears…today it is reading 0.2 feet. There are islands in places I have never seen before. This has been a great season for the terns. Today we checked nests on one of our larger Mississippi River bars and the terns were hatching in large numbers. These are a few of the pictures I shot of the chicks today. They are masters of camouflage!