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For The Birds…The Story of Great Gull Island

Thursday, April 2, 2015
11:00am – 12:30pm

Storrs Campus
ATL 109

Join UConn Extension for our spring seminar.

On Thursday, April 2nd Dr. Juliana Barrett and Joel Stocker will be presenting their work “For the Birds…The Story of Great Gull Island.” Great Gull Island (GGI) is a 17-acre island between Block Island and Long Island Sounds. As one of the most important nesting habitats for roseate terns and common terns in the western hemisphere, it is critical to maintain and improve the nesting habitats on GGI. Helen Hays, Director of the Great Gull Island Project, and others have worked to restore the nesting tern colonies at this site. They have been collecting data since 1969 and have tried various techniques to improve the nesting habitat for the birds. Currently however, invasive and nuisance plants are overtaking much of the Island which is impacting the nesting habitat of the birds. UConn CT Sea Grant and Extension are partnering with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the USFWS, UConn Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Rhode Island, Massachusetts Audubon, and EPA’s Long Island Sound Study to determine habitat management to improve the nesting habitat for the birds.

More information is available at


Marilyn Gould, or 860-486-3581.

Extension (primary), College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar, Year of Engagement

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