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47 minutes ago, Galen Frantz said:

Any idea who/why gulls are banded?

Researchers band all kinds of birds to help determine all kinds of stuff, including the bird's sex and other details recorded at the time of banding, and future data such as the travel patterns necessary for the always changing range maps. They can also learn the age/lifespan of the bird by counting the years/months between the time of banding and the most recently reported sightings. It's all about learning more, and there's lots of Gulls to learn about and a lot more stuff to learn about them than the few things I listed here. Gulls might not be an interest of mine, but they're still a bird of interest.

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