For at least the second year federally endangered least terns are nesting near a sand pit in northwest Wichita.
Bob Gress, Great Plains Nature Center director, reported 12 nests at the Lafarge Aggregate Plant near 29th N. and West Street. Gress made the report on an online birding site.
LaFarge is cooperating with state and federal authorities to protect the nesting area. The entire sand pit area is private property and trespassing is not allowed by the general public.
Least terns nest on wide-open areas with sandy soils. Sand and gravel bars along the Arkansas, Kansas and Cimarron Rivers in Kansas had nesting birds within the past several years. Brush growing on some gravel bars in the Kansas River has discouraged some terns from again nesting in once popular ares.