Help For A Friend
A good friend of Tim’s, Bruce Buckingham, could use our help. In conjunction with the Ohio Ornithological Society, we have started a fundraiser to support the purchase of a year’s worth of “color bands” for use in banding Herring Gulls at Turning Point Island in Sandusky, OH.
Our goal is to help Bruce raise the funds needed to purchase a new supply of color bands for the project. It’s a small amount, and if you can donate just $0.50 or $1.00 or $5.00, it will really help tremendously. Our goal is to raise $250.00.
More information from Bruce about the project is below. You can make a donation here:
From Bruce Buckingham.
Since 1981 I have been doing research on the Herring gulls that nest on the Sandusky Bay Turning Point near downtown Sandusky, Ohio. The purpose of this long term study is to pinpoint the wintering areas and migration routes of the gulls, as well as whether they return to to the same location to breed and the changes in plumage over time. Gulls are the cleanup crew on the great lakes and are very valuable to the lakes ecosystem. Unfortunately the population of this species is on the decline. This colony has been the home for about 980 pairs of Herring gulls each year, but at the peak in 1988 it had about 2,000 pairs.
During the 2015 season, we started to use pink field readable bands on flightless young. In 2018 we began using the white bands with individual number/letter/number code bands. These bands allow the gull to be tracked without having the gull in your hand. In 2018, 100 young were banded and 200 young were banded in both 2019 / 2020.
When someone sees a color-marked gull they can report the sighting on the web at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Bird Banding Laboratory. They will receive a Certification Of Appreciation along with all the information on that gull. This includes when and where it was banded and the age of the bird. In addition, the person who banded the gull will get a computer printout from the Bird Banding Lab with all the reported information: Date and location found, how it was found, its present condition, who found the gull, etc. All band recoveries go into a national data bank so that other researchers can use it. Most information on all species has come thru banding research.
Your contribution will help us continue to use these more easily identifiable bands and contribute directly to the success of the project.
Thank you for being part of this quest for knowledge,