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Water birds; Colonial birds; Nests


Since colonial nesting waterbirds comprise an Important portion of Minnesota's avifauna, it Is important to establish an accurate Inventory of their nesting areas. Knowledge of the status of these species can be used to assess the level of the state's environmental quality. The inventory is also useful in aiding planners and developers so that undesirable impacts on colonies can be avoided or minimized. The Nongame Wildlife Program in the Department of Natural Resources has identified 239 colony sites in Minnesota which are occupied by 16 species. This Inventory process is the first step necessary to carry out future research, management, and protection efforts on behalf of the state's colonial waterbirds.

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