Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sable Island Gulls

Rob Ronconi is a researcher at Acadia University working with Dr. Phil Taylor on a new project studying the movements and migrations of gulls from Sable Island, Nova Scotia. In June 2011 Herring Gulls were banded with pink alpha-numeric bands as well as pink wing-tags which are quite obvious in flight or on land. Great Black-backed Gull chicks were banded with green alpha-numeric bands.

Reports of these birds throughout the year will greatly enhance the success of this project to document the movements and migrations of gulls from this far offshore colony.

Herring gull juvenile begging from an adult
at the North Head wharf on Grand Manan
 Please visit Rob's blog where you can learn more about the project and find links on how to report marked birds that you've spotted. He will be posting photos and stories of re-sighted birds on this blog, so sign up for e-mail updates.

Please contact Rob if you see these or other marked gulls over the fall and winter.

Rob Ronconi, rronconi
Postdoctoral Researcher
Dept. of Biology, Acadia University

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