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Friday, February 24, 2012

11th International Gull Meeting in Croatia

From 16-19 February 2012 Catherine and I attended the 11th International Gull Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia. A few days ago I posted an article about the fieldwork sessions from the Conference where we observed a range of gulls at Zagreb Landfill on the Saturday, and then colour ringed some the following day. However, the Conference also had a very varied and informative series of presentations from a number of gull enthusiasts from around Europe. These talks covered areas as diverse as ecology and migration to identification of some very difficult races. Naturally I took the opportunity to make a presentation on the gull projects being run in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Our sincere thanks to the Association of Biological Research (BIOM), Croatia, and to Luka Jurinovic and his small team of colleagues who hosted such an enjoyable and successful Conference!

A full list if presentations was as follows:-

Cyril Mahaim Saunders’s Gull and Relict Gull, two specialized and threatened species
Chris Gibbins Is it possible to identify heinei Common Gulls in the field?
Risto Juvaste Sexing of gull chicks by measurements
Risto Juvaste Exciting (but yet secret) results from 127 GPS-transmitter LBBG-migration project
Peter Rock Urban gulls
Paul Roper North Thames Gull Group
Paul Veron Guernsey Gulls – An outline of the research projects being run on the three Larid species breeding in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, English Channel
Zsolt Karcza & Peter Szinai Gull colour ringing in Hungary 1994-2011
Nick Rossiter Yellow-legged Gull: Differences between Atlantic and Mediterranean populations
Ruud Altenburg Extent of post-juvenile moult in first winter michahellis
Mars Muusse ID of second calendar year Larus heuglini
Morten Helberg Were do Norwegian gulls migrate? Results from read ringing data from southern Norway 1995-present
Luka Jurinović Gulls in Croatia: species, statuses and numbers
Jelena Kralj Movements of eastern Adriatic Yellow-legged Gulls – 12 years of colour-ringing
Vladimir Savić Influenza viruses in gulls
Viola Ross-Smith Gull migration: calibrating colour ringing data with GPS telemetry
Aonghais Cook Analysis of colour-ringing data: Maximising the impact of your efforts


For Luka's view of the weekend visit his excellent blog Ringing in Croatia

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