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The Challenge of Gull Identification
Michael has been the director of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Florida for the last 11 years. He has over 30 years of experience in museum administration in city, county, state, and private non-profit museums. He has extensive natural science experience including specializations in the bird life and flora of Florida, as well as leading natural history tours throughout Florida. He regularly leads pelagic birding expeditions off of Florida and Georgia. He is currently a member of the Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee, which evaluates reports of birds recorded in the wild in Florida and is responsible for updating the scientific record of Florida’s bird life. Michael is also a regional editor of the journal “North American Birds.” He is currently conducting a banding project on Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Volusia County in hopes of determining the breeding location of the Lesser Black-backed Gulls in North America.
All of Florida is great for watching gulls. This program will present the various gulls that occur in
Florida and try to de-mystify these sometimes confusing birds. One of Florida’s greatest avian spectacles takes place each winter on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores, where over 30,000 -50,000 gulls gather each evening along several miles of beach. Not only are the numbers of gulls mind-boggling, but there is no better place in North America to see so many gulls up close and study all of the various age-classes and seasonal differences. In addition, he leads the Gull Fly-In at Daytona Shores field trip at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, all general meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. in Calvin Hall at the Rockledge Presbyterian Church, 921 Rockledge Drive (on the corner of Orange Ave) Rockledge, FL.
photo credit: Scarlet Ibis and Roseate Spoonbill at Brevard Zoo by Dee Fairbanks Simpson