Can natural history and national history co-exist?

Thousands of gulls and terns have taken up residence at the historic Ft. Wool site.
(Credit: Meagan Thomas/Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources)

When the Virginia Department of Transportation started work on the Hampton Bridge and Tunnel Project, construction equipment displaced sea birds that had been nesting there for years. 

The situation alarmed bird lovers who lobbied the state to create a new place for terns and gulls. Experts identified a piece of land nearby and turned it into suitable habitat – removing trees and adding sand. 

The birds returned from their winter homes and happily settled in, but there’s a problem with the new arrangement as Sandy Hausman reports.

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