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Posted on: June 3, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Speaker Series - Gulls of Appledore - June 26th


On Wednesday, June 26th the Ipswich Conservation Commission will be hosting Sarah Courchesne who will be presenting a program on ‘The Secret Lives of the Gulls of Appledore’. The program is at 7 p.m. in Room A at the Ipswich Town Hall. It is open and free to the general public. For further information about this presentation, please call the Ipswich Conservation Commission Office at 978 356-6661.

Gulls often elicit strong feelings. Thieving French fries at the beach and dumpster diving behind fast food restaurants has earned them a negative reputation among humans. Most people do not know that they have rich social lives. Pairs often stay together for many years and equally contribute to the incubation of eggs and the raising of babies. Come learn about the lives of the gulls that nest every year on Appledore Island off the coast of southern Maine.

Sarah Courchesne grew up in Massachusetts and lives currently in New Hampshire. She has been a bird enthusiast her whole life. She trained as a veterinarian at Tufts and is currently an Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at Northern Essex Community College. She coordinates the long term study of the gull colony on Appledore Island in the Isles of Shoals.

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