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Tracking ring-billed gulls

Main Project Information
Presented By Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Goal Determine distribution and movements of ring-billed gulls
Task Search for marked birds and report the sighting via web site
Where Global, anywhere on the planet
Description

More than 10,000 ring-billed gulls have been marked near Montreal, Quebec with individually coded bands to track their movements throughout their annual cycle. We are more specifically interested by their post-breeding dispersal and their fidelity to their colony. Repeated observations of individuals also allow us to estimate annual survival. This is part of a larger study that aimed at understanding the behavior and population dynamics of these birds within an integrated management framework.

How to Join

Ring-billed gulls have been marked with blue or yellow plastic band with 3 distinct alphanumeric codes plus a US Fish & Wildlife Service steel band. If you can take a picture that shows the color band and send it to us, we will be able to confirm your observation. If you see a marked bird, please report your observation on our web site at http://goeland.uqam.ca/index.php/en/rapporter-une-observation-an. We will send you information about where and when the bird was banded and whether it has been observed since its marking.

Website http://gull.uqam.ca/
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Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, On a walk, run, On a hike, At school, At sports stadiums
Tags banded, birds, gulls, marked, migration
Project Updated 04/21/2017