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Qualicum Beach residents asked to report gulls sporting coloured bands

Research being conducted on feeding habits of birds
Qualicum Beach residents are asked to report banded gulls if they see one. (Josh Green photo)

A research commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada is conducting a five-year project to understand how variations in diet and habitat influence the health of gulls wintering in the Salish Sea.

If you happen to on the waterfront or in areas where birds frequent, you might notice some gulls sporting colourful bands around their legs.

Researchers have banded 183 adult and juvenile glaucous-winged gulls — two plastic coloured bands on their left leg and a plastic coloured band over a metal band on their right leg for the purpose of collecting additional information on movements, habitat use and site fidelity.

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Qualicum Beach residents are asked to keep an eye out for these banded birds and report sightings to help researchers better understand the glaucous-winged gulls in the area.

Report sightings of colour banded gulls with a location and photo using this short form at

— NEWS Staff

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