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Jenny Island- Controlling Vegetation

At the start of each new season, the Project Puffin seabird biologists work to keep unwanted vegetation from overtaking the area where Common Terns make their nests. Over time, the increased amount of vegetation (which can grow 6 feet high!) turns into soil during its natural process of decay. The more soil there is on the island the less likely Common Terns will nest because they like to build their nests on open rock at the border of vegetation. Keeping this vegetation back with heavy duty carpet insures that the Common Tern will continue to nest on Jenny Island during their breeding season.

Photo Courtesy of: Janine Parziale