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The Gull Next Door: Portland’s Rooftop Nesting Herring Gulls

October 18, 2022 -- 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Did you know that for several years, Herring Gulls have been nesting on building ledges and rooftops in downtown Portland rather than on their traditional island nesting-grounds? Or that the Gulf of Maine population of this seemingly-common species has also been declining by approximately 5% annually? Dr. Noah Perlut, professor of Biology, and his students at the University of New England have been monitoring Portland’s gull colonies in order to understand the costs and benefits of big city life, understand local movement and migratory patterns by these birds, and identify if the birds hatched on Portland roof-tops return to them to breed. Join us for this special presentation as we welcome Dr. Perlut to talk about just what is going on with the gulls of Portland. This program will take place in person at the library and will be streamed simultaneously on Zoom, for those wishing to attend virtually. If you plan on attending, please register for this program below so that we can send you a reminder on the day of the event, as well as an optional Zoom link to join us. All are welcome!

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About Noah Perlut
Dr. Noah Perlut, professor of Biology at the University of New England, traces the beginning of his career back to a single experience trout fishing in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Around the same time, at his undergraduate department’s award party at James Madison University, he received the prestigious “Most Likely to Have a Wildlife TV Show” award. The path that led him from trout to ornithology also led through an MA in Environmental Conservation Education at NYU, a PhD in Natural Resources and post-doctoral work at the University of Vermont, and fieldwork throughout North and Central America, the Caribbean, and Hawaii.


October 18, 2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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