In 2013, Dave Smith Decoys began working with Oregon State University to reduce avian predation on Oregon and Washington’s native steelhead and salmon smolts. Caspian Terns and Double-Crested Cormorants were predating too heavily on these fragile species. It was determined that moving bird colonies to an island away from the main channels the smolt used would shift predator focus on more abundant species. DSD worked with the University to create ultra-realistic decoys to attract terns and cormorants to their new nesting sites. This extremely rare, custom painted, Caspian Tern decoy is a relic of that project.
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