Annual Gull Fest on Appledore underway!

28 05 2015
From left: Mary Everett, Alisa Povenmire, and Jamie Zananiri, all of Northern Essex Community College.

From left: Mary Everett, Alisa Povenmire, and Jamie Zananiri, all of Northern Essex Community College.

This week I am on my annual idyll, banding gulls on Appledore. We have an excellent team this year (and I don’t say that every time. Or if I do, I do not mean it). It’s a mixed group of students in terms of their institutions of origin, four of them being my recruits from Northern Essex Community College. They, of course, are the best of the best.

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Jamie and University of New England student Taylor Ouelette draw blood from a Herring Gull.

We are focusing mainly on Herring Gulls, which are notoriously difficult to trap, but the team’s spirits are high despite it all.
We’re working long days, but I did want to let you know what’s happening before I stagger off to bed. Tomorrow, it’s another day of banding and patrolling the island for any previously banded birds. So far, we’ve banded around twenty birds, and we hope to at least double that by the end of the week. Wish us luck!

A single Herring Gull in the heart of Black-backed territory--intrepid.

A single Herring Gull in the heart of Black-backed territory–intrepid.

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