Dr. Julie Ellis began banding Herring Gulls and Great Black-Backed Gulls on Appledore Island, Maine in 2004. As a researcher at the Shoals Marine Lab, Dr. Ellis’ work focuses on the interactions between Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls, their population trends in the Gulf of Maine, and the effects that these two species have on coastal marine communities of New England.
Her banded birds have been re-sighted by members of the public as far south as Florida. Her research relies on people like you–birders, beachgoers, casual observers, to report banded birds, and photos are always welcome! You can read more about Dr. Ellis’ banding research at her research page through the Shoals Marine Lab.
You can report your sightings directly to this blog as a comment, or email Dr. Ellis at: firstname.lastname@example.org.