LCrd. Jeffrey R Smith, U.S. Navy (Ret.), teaches mathematics at Encinal High School.
Editor’s note: Jeff Smith wrote even more about the Navy’s efforts to protect the least tern a few years ago. “The Real Story on Protecting Least Terns,” Aug. 20, 2015. Apparently armed service personnel laid down telephone poles to protect the tiny birds’ colony from being crushed by passing service vehicles.