Catch Tampa Audubon President Mary Keith's recent interview on "Backyard Bird Watching" with ABC Action News.
October 6th - General Meeting - 7pm
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Program: "Black Backed Gulls in the US and Florida"
Speaker: Michael Brothers, Director of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, FL, and nationally recognized expert on gulls and seabirds, Mr. Brothers has extensive natural science experience including specializations in the bird life and flora of Florida. He has been leading pelagic birding expeditions off of Florida and Georgia for the last 11 years. He is currently a member of the Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee, and is the Florida regional editor of the journal "North American Birds."
Gulls often present some of the most difficult identification challenges in the bird world. This program will introduce Florida's gulls, and discuss when and where to find them as well as help you learn how to identify the species and figure out how old they are.
In addition, one of the great mysteries surrounding the birdlife of the United States is where the Lesser Black-backed Gulls come from. Despite the presence of thousands of these birds throughout much of the United States and Canada, the breeding origin of these birds is unknown. It is possible that they are flying all the way from their closest known breeding area in Greenland, but there may be other unknown breeding areas. To try to solve this problem, the Marine Science Center launched a long-term project to begin banding Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Volusia County, Florida in 2015. The program will touch on our efforts to solve this mystery as well as provide an overview of gull identification.