The glaucous gull is the most common bird patrolling Tremblay Sound in search of a feast. It is one of the largest gulls in the world and it breeds here in the Arctic. Today we visited the colony at the end of the bay to begin a study of the birds in this area. It’s part of the research program EAT (Ecosystem Approach Tremblay), led by by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The colony is very busy as parents tend to their young – the most gorgeous spotted chicks. Andréanne Beardsell and Francis Beaudet at the University of Quebec at Rimouski conducted field work on glaucous gull behavior and feeding preference.