Maine's Island Ecology
A century ago, gulls nearly disappeared from the Isles of Shoals in Maine due to extensive egg collecting and hunting for their feathers. Protection in the early 1900s has led to dramatic increases in gull populations, with widespread effects on the coastal ecosystem. Ana Gonzalvo (Barcelona, Spain) and Kenneth Rensch (Paranam, Suriname) will visit the largest breeding colony of herring and great black-backed gulls in New England to help Drs. Myra Shulman, Sara Morris, and Julie Ellis discover how these species interact and shape coastal communities. August 14-21


Ana Gonzalvo's Diary
Kenneth Rensch's Diary



Related Sites


Gull Identification Website
This extensive website features images and individual species/subspecies descriptions.
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Maine Birding
Learn about the herring and great black-backed gulls, among others, that make Maine their home.
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Earthwatch Institute


Learn more about this international nonprofit, which supports scientific field research worldwide.
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Maine's Island Ecology


Learn more about the expedition and its scientists.
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