One of the islands that he manages is Ross Island. We took a field trip there and actually went onto the island to see gull nests. That doesn't seem like a big deal, but apparently the gulls are in trouble up in Maine and need help. Check out these photos. The first photo shows our method of arrival. The rocks were covered with seaweed and VERY slippery. We had to hold onto each other to climb up to the dry rocks.
Once we were on the rock, Dr. Kress gave us the lecture about the gulls and terns. He is a master at giving the talk and getting people to care. Of course, I couldn't paying close attention when there were so many birds to photograph :-)
|Dr. Kress addressing the group|
|Great Black-backed Gull|
It was pretty neat to see their nests and eggs. Then the strangest thing happened - Dr. Kress walked over to a nest and picked up one of the eggs. I couldn't believe my eyes! It has been drilled into us since we were little kids to never go near a nest let alone pick up an egg, but here was the famous bird guy doing it. Then he proceeded to show us that the baby bird was trying to get out of the egg - it was pecking it's way out. Then, as if that weren't enough, he put the egg up to everyone's ear so that they could hear the chick pecking and cooing!
|Great Black-backed Gull egg - hole on right side|
|Bird Nerds listening to the egg|
|Barbara and chick|
|Linda and chick|
|Lori and chick|
|Tara and chick|
|Herring Gull chicks in the nest|
|Herring Gull - Mom and Chicks|