HRBT Seabird Conservation: 1985

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) initiates management measures for nesting common terns and black skimmers under the direction of Ruth Beck, who was a faculty member at the College of William and Mary and studied and managed breeding seabirds on South island from 1983 until her death in 2015. Under Ruth’s steadfast guidance, VDOT annually consigned the west half of the island to the terns and skimmers during the breeding season where staff maintained suitable sandy nesting habitat free of predatory rats and vehicular traffic.

  • July 12, 2021