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EcoWest Festival - Third Thursday Talk

EcoWest Festival - Third Thursday Talk

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  • Thu 16 Mar ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Kelston Community Centre, Corner Awaroa Road and Great North Road, Glendene


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission



The black-backed gull in urban Auckland – breeding and feeding.

Informative talk by Mel Galbraith - Senior Lecturer in Applied Ecology and Environmental and Animal Science at Unitec Auckland.

The southern black-backed gull (Larus domincanus) is a familiar species throughout New Zealand and has a significant presence in Auckland City. Large breeding colonies are present on Rangitoto Island only 8 km from the city’s Central Business District (CBD). The proximity of these colonies provides access to the resources of the city, and, consequently, the colonies are influenced by changes in these resources.

Our speaker will compare the current status of the breeding population on Rangitoto Island with historical data, particularly those of studies carried out in the 1970s. Although a top predator, the black-backed gull is also an adept scavenger, and where better to put these skills to work than in the urban environment? Research into the foods of the gulls in the Auckland region will also be examined. All welcome, join us for tea and coffee afterwards for a chat with like minded people.

Donation to cover hall hire. No booking required.

This event is part of EcoWest Festival 2017, more than 100 events across West Auckland.
For all events, see www.ecowest.org.nz.

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