least tern

Endangered least terns nest nearby

On Sept. 9, the tranquility of the remote shoreline on the federal property at Alameda Point was interrupted by participants firing blanks as an Urban Shield tactical team staged a mock hostage rescue. The gunfire was part of the emergency preparedness training that was performed in an area the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) agreed not to use for this purpose. 

The nesting site was chosen by the terns, not by the Navy or U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.


A week after my first least tern exploration at Crab Cove, (“Terns to Stay Busy for Summer,” June 23) I received another opportunity to learn more about the birds and their neighbors at Alameda Point with Leora Feeney, co-chair of Friends of Alameda Wildlife Reserve. On a calm and sunny Saturday morning, equipped with binoculars and a spotting scope, we observed the terns and other birds fly and forage over Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point.

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts help prepare least tern nest area