Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Gull Behavior Topic of Thursday's Great Lakes Seminar

On Thursday May 30th at 7pm, the Inland Seas Education Association will host a screening of the movie Signals for Survival, an in-depth study of behavior and communication of the lesser great blacked-backed and herring gulls. The viewing will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Bill Scharf, a local ornithologist. This seminar is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Dr. Scharf has dedicated most of his career to the study of herring gulls. For over 30 years he has examined trends and noted abnormalities of gulls on Gull Island in Grand Traverse Bay. His research has helped the Leelanau Conservancy, who owns Gull Island, write a management plan that protects the island as it is home to thousands of herring gulls that nest there from April through June. Inland Seas will host a sail to Gull Island on Sunday, June 2nd, as part of the Leelanau Peninsula Bird Festival.

Dr. Bill Scharf aboard the Schoolship at Gull Island
You can accompany Dr. Scharf and educators from the Leelanau Peninsula Bird Festival, Leelanau Conservancy and Inland Seas on a trip to Gull Island on Sunday, June 2nd.  Click here for more infomation.

--Tom Kelly

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