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On the Gulf coast of Texas, many Least Terns find protection at Bolivar Flats, an Important Bird Area near Galveston. In 2012, the terns benefited from some extra help. Houston Audubon and American Bird Conservancy posted an intern there as sort of a personal representative for the Least Tern colony. Since the nests and chicks are on the ground, they risk being crushed by vehicles, eaten by dogs, and disturbed by walkers. The intern spoke to many of the beachgoers. He offered them a view of the nesting terns through his binoculars, and explained how visitors might enjoy the wildlife sanctuary while helping provide the terns a safe haven.