Science Saturday – Ecology of Northeast Herring Gulls

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Date: Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Fee: $5

Fee with Member Discount: Free to FRIENDS + Members

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October 3: Ecology of Northeast Herring Gulls

Presenter: Matthew Fuirst, Wildlife Biologist

Urbanization of natural landscapes have wide-spread effects on wildlife ecology, biodiversity, and ecosystem functions. For animals that can adapt to these changes, such as gulls, urban environments may provide access to food while consequentially impacting animal health. During this talk you will learn about the various ways human development impacts the behaviour and health of gulls. Where you consider yourself a fan of these beach-roaming birds or not, our changing marine and terrestrial environments are having more of an impact on local seabird populations than you might think. Find out how and what you can do to help.

*”Friends of the Foundation” & Members – Contact LBIF for the discount code for free admission

ABOUT: Matthew Fuirst

Matthew Fuirst, is an associate wildlife biologist originally from Westchester, New York. Matthew is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph in Ontario where he is studying the dispersal behaviors of Canada jays in the boreal forest. Prior to his PhD, Matthew received his master’s degree in marine sciences at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. During this time, Matthew used GPS tags to track the feeding trips of herring gulls and how those movements impact gull health.



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