Founded in 1904

Affiliated with the National Audubon Society

Our Mission: To bring the excitement of birds to our community through birding, education and the conservation of bird habitats

Gull Identification Class

Wednesday, January 9th 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (workshop)
Saturday, January 12th, 8:00am to noon (field session)

with Larry Allen

Of the roughly 57 species of gull (subfamily Larinae) found worldwide, more than half have been detected in North America. Identification as to species is challenging not only because of the substantial resemblance of many in their adult plumages (particularly the large “white headed” gulls), but also by the near-uniformity of their “juvenal” and “formative” plumages in their first year.

The workshop session will address the identification of the gulls that are to be expected in Southern California. The session will address not only identification of gulls in their adult, or “definitive,” plumages, but will also present a heuristic “model” of how gulls develop as they mature, so that participants will be able to distinguish the species at whatever age class, or “cycle,” they may encounter. If time permits, we will address the latest findings regarding gull taxonomy.

The field session will be devoted to testing the developmental model presented in the workshop. However, the identification of adult gulls, in flight as well as standing/swimming will not be ignored. Location will be determined by the location of gull flocks that week. Be prepared to go as far north as Zuma Beach or as far south as Doheny Beach (Orange County).

Price: $45 Pasadena Audubon members, $65 non-members
Please note: Priority will be given to members who have not taken a class in the past year.

Please email Lois Brunet lbrunet@pasadenaaudubon.org to register and either pay below with paypal or mail your check made out to Pasadena Audubon Society to:

Pasadena Audubon Society
Attn: PAS Birding classes
1750 N. Altadena Drive
Pasadena, CA 91107

Please put Gulls in the memo.

Birding class
Student Name
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