Down East 2013 ©
Three different types of tern species exist in Maine: the Artic, the Common, and the Roseate. In a typical year, around half of their eggs laid will survive past infancy. This past year, the survival rate decreased to one third, leading to an investigation on the matter. Many died as a result of starvation, meaning that herring, the birds' food of choice, may not have been as plentiful along the coast. Reasons for the decrease in herring are unclear, but some scientists point to global warming while others lay the blame on overfishing. Read more, or listen to the story, at MPBN .