Lake Champlain, birds

A key success story for the Lake Champlain Land Trust

Bringing Back the Common Tern

The Common Tern has become one of Vermont’s greatest wildlife conservation victories since it was placed on the Vermont Endangered species list in 1989.

Since 1978, the Lake Champlain Land Trust has worked to conserve important Common Tern nesting islands, leading the effort to purchase and protect the only possible island habitats for terns.

Thanks to help from our partners at the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, Green Mountain Audubon Society and Audubon Vermont, the Common Tern has again found its footing on the islands of Lake Champlain! Common Terns have soared in number, increasing 300% since being put on the endangered species list!


Biodiversity on the LakeTurtle on Delta Island

  • 81 species of fish
  • 318 species of birds
  • 56 species of mammals
  • 21 species of amphibians
  • 20 species of reptiles

All relying on Lake Champlain.