The Herring Gull population in the Great Lakes has been declining in recent years so current data is needed to determine critical factors that affect their population. Learn more on May 3!
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Member Meeting and Speaker Series 2022
Program: "Lake Erie Herring Gulls"
Presenter: Bruce Buckingham
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 PM
Members will receive the Zoom link the day before the meeting; non-members should register on Eventbrite.
Description: The Herring Gull population in the Great Lakes has been declining in recent years so current data is needed to determine critical factors that affect their population. These gulls are the lake’s cleanup crew and an indicator of the lake's health. Color banding of nestling gulls give us information on a number of things, such as where they migrate to, what route they take, where they spend the 3 years before they breed, feeding areas, nesting site fidelity, and much more Herring Gulls at the Sandusky Bay Turning Point colony has been monitored since 1981. Much data has been gleaned over time, but the gulls keep changing. We have been able to map where they spend their first winter and the fact that only 51% of the young gulls return to breed in the same colony where they were raised. These and more questions need to be answered. Join us for this informative presentation.
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