Endangered least terns nesting in west Wichita

It started with small gifts. After flying nearly 700 miles from the Gulf of Mexico last month, six boy least terns in Wichita captured the eyes of six girl least terns. Then, the boys went fishing.

One by one they caught tiny minnows in their beaks and circled and dived in flight above their lady loves — presenting fish, letting the girls know they could provide.

Last week at the Lafarge Aggregates plant in west Wichita, the six girls said "kip-kip-kip ... Z-R-E-E-T!"

That was enough.

On Wednesday morning, Charlie Cope, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks district biologist, arrived at the construction company's plant and pounded in posts with signs reading "Endangered Least Tern Nesting Area."

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