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Adoption Levels

There are three levels of adoption available:

Tern in FlightAdopt-a-nest

Sponsor a nest during the upcoming summer breeding season.

* Adoption includes:

  • Thank You Letter
  • Updates at the beginning and end of the breeding season
  • Photo of your next
  • Official Adoption Certificate
  • Common Tern Fact Sheet
  • Coloring Pages

Adopt-a-nest donation: $ 50

Adopt-a-bird

Sponsor one of a limited number of banded adult Common Terns.

* Adoption includes:

  • Thank You Letter
  • Updates at the beginning and end of the breeding season
  • Photo of your bird
  • Official Adoption Certificate
  • Common Tern Fact Sheet
  • Coloring Pages

For the Adopt-a-bird category, you will receive updates on the breeding activities of your bird in any year it is seen breeding at the colony. This is a unique opportunity to follow the fortunes of a common tern throughout its life.

Adopt-a-bird donation: $ 500

Adopt-the-colony

A truly unique experience! Sponsor the entire breeding colony at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, Ontario!

The Adopt-a-colony level includes all of the benefits of the Adopt-a-nest level (listed above) plus you can join us as a researcher for a day on a visit to the Presqu'ile colony. Get a behind-the-scenes view of our research. We'll take you out on the breeding islands where you'll watch the breeding of common terns from a blind on the edge of the colony.

Note: While transport from the park to the site is provided, you must be able to arrange your own transportation to Presqu'ile Provincial Park at an appropriate date during the breeding season.

If you are interested in the Adopt-the-colony level, please e-mail Dr. Arnold to discuss details.

Adopt-the-colony donation: $ 2,000

* All adoption materials will be delivered via e-mail unless you oterhwise specify. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your adoption packet to arrive.

How to Adopt a Tern Today

  • Go to http://giveto.psu.edu
  • Click "Give Online" (far right in the dropdown menu)
  • Fill out the required information in the main form
  • Click the designation list checkbox at the bottom of the main form
  • Select "Other-..." in the pop-up menu (final option in right column)
  • Write "Adopt-a-tern-Berks 103d" in the "Additional Information" box on the main form. Be sure to complete your e-mail address.