Arctic Terns

Arctic Tern Chick, Arctic Tern

  Arctic Tern Facts:

  •  Did you know that Arctic Terns migrate from their Northern breeding grounds to Antarctica and back each year?  This round-trip clocks them more than 22,000 miles, the longest migration path of any animal!
  • Did you know that Arctic Terns follow different migration routes in the spring then those followed in the fall, flying more of a loop or elliptical path.?  Studies speculate that availability of  food or prevailing winds may be a factor in the change of route as they head from one pole to another.
  • Did you know that most Arctic Terns will return to the breeding ground where they were hatched?
  • Did you know that it is not unusual for an Arctic Tern to live more than 30 years?
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