Least Tern – Biloxi, Mississippi: The largest least tern colony in the world is on the gulf beaches from Biloxi to Gulfport, Mississippi. This year more than 2000 thousand pairs of least terns began nesting in the colony. The terns expect to raised their young on the resources of the gulf waters. As you all know this area is experienced the worst man made disaster in history. During the clean-up not only the oil spill, but the clean-up itself is had a very negative effect on the terns and skimmers as workers and dune buggies traversing the colonies destroying young and disturbing birds. I have not yet heard results on how successful or unsuccessful the tern colony was this year, put will let you know once I find some stats. The following link will take you to an article that gives some states on animals killed as of July 27. Only time will tell how and to what extent the gulf and its wildlife will recover.