This summer has been a good one for least terns in Kentucky. After four consecutive years of flooding in the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, this summer has been marked by extremely low river levels. This island pictured above is almost 30 feet above the rivers surface after being underwater most of last summer. One of the negatives associated with low river levels is that islands connect with the mainland. This means islands can be accessed by ATV traffic and predators such as coyotes. We work hard to post these islands so that people know the birds are present and don’t disturb them. Sometimes people do anyway.