Islands of Wonder

The Return of the White Tern

Clip: Episode 3 | 2m 12s | Video has closed captioning.

White terns were once revered by the ancient Polynesians who believed that the sight of this bird with a bill full of fish was a sign of nearby land. Though it’s believed that the arrival of humans resulted in the near extinction of this animal, in the last 60 years their numbers have risen from a single pair to over 2,000 birds across Honolulu.

Aired: 09/30/20

Rating: TV-G

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