On July 12 2011 over 170 Ring-billed Gulls were banded and released into an existing colony at Beauharnois, QC with the help of researchers from UQÀM. The group are studying the behavior of Ring-billed Gulls in urban and suburban settings. The released gulls had come to Le Nichoir as days old nestlings several weeks earlier after having fallen from the roof of an industrial building on Montée-de-Liesse in Ville Saint-Laurent.
The gulls were cared for by Le Nichoir staff and volunteers until they were deemed able to integrate into the existing colony and care for themselves. Many concerned individuals and companies made generous donations that allowed Le Nichoir to take on the challenge of caring for these birds.
Visit the reseach team’s website at goeland.uqam.ca and please report any sitings of these banded gulls to the team via their website. (July 2011)