[Tweeters] FWD: Gull Conference, Daytona Beach FL, Jan 2010

mgd at myuw.net mgd at myuw.net
Thu Dec 10 08:39:28 PST 2009


Just in case you don't get enough of my January gull class, you can then go to this gull conference!

Mike Donahue
Seattle's Beacon Hill


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Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 17:35:20 -0800
From: Robert Wallace <chnuts at YAHOO.COM>
To: BIRDWG01 at LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: [BIRDWG01] Gull Conference, Daytona Beach FL, Jan 2010

Greetings all - hopefully this is not outside the boundaries of ID-Frontiers guidelines, but since so many larophiles participate on this list, it is the logical place to pass along information about this conference, held in conjunction with the Space Coast Birding Festival in Daytona Beach FL.


North American Gull Conference 2010

Nationally know gull experts
Alvaro Jaramillo, Bruce Mactavish, and Martin Reid will join Paul Lehman, Clay
Taylor, and Michael O’Brien for the 2010 North American Gull Conference. Field
trip, lectures, and keynote addresses will explore many aspects of the world of
gulls, and lots of opportunity to debate the fine points of gull ID, larophilia, its causes and its cures.

One of Florida’s greatest bird spectacles takes place each winter on the beach at Daytona Beach
Shores. Over 30,000 gulls gather each evening along several miles of
beach. This is one of the largest,
if not the largest, congregation of gulls on any beach in the United States.
This amazing avian display has garnered national attention for its size and
the diversity of gull species represented here. Observers can walk along the beach and approach the birds within meters, offering excellent opportunities for comparison and photography.

The Space Coast Birding and
Nature Festival will host the 2010 North American Gull Conference (January 27 –
February 1, 2010) as an important new addition to the festival that will draw
the nation’s leading gull experts, and gull watchers from throughout North
America. The stunning spectacle of the gulls of Daytona Beach Shores will be a
cornerstone of the North American Gull Conference, as well as other excellent
gull-watching locations. Last winter the beaches at Daytona Beach Shores turned
up Florida’s first record of Vega Gull, as well as Glaucous, Kumlien’s,
Thayer’s, California, Franklin’s, possible European Herring Gull and Yellow-legged Gulls, as well as
the regular American Herring, Ring-billed, Laughing, Bonaparte’s, Great
Black-Backed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. In addition, several Nelson’s Gull
hybrids and a Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hybrid were found here. Who knows what else might turn up?


Here is a link to North American Gull Conference:
http://www.nbbd.com/fly/gulls/index.html


For more information, please contact:

Michael Brothers
Ponce Inlet Marine Science Institute
mbrothers at co.volusia.fl.us
386-804-3529

Hope to see you there,

Bob Wallace
New Smyrna Beach FL


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