Double-crested cormorants and Leslie St Spit’s urban wilderness

November 5, 2017 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Room 001, Emmanuel College
75 Queen's Park Cres E
Toronto, ON M5S 2C4

Join professor Gail Fraser for November’s free Toronto Field Naturalists lecture, “Double-crested cormorants and Leslie St Spit’s urban wilderness.” After reviewing the human-wildlife conflicts associated with this large, abundant colonial-nesting waterbird, their presence, management and some unexpected interactions at Tommy Thompson Park will be considered.

Gail Fraser is an associate professor in the York University – Faculty of Environmental Studies. She has worked on colonial nesting waterbirds for over two-decades. Her masters work (North Dakota State University) was on the foraging ecology of Forster’s terns and her PhD work (Memorial University of Newfoundland) was on the parental care of crested auklets. (She traveled a long ways to her study site in the Aleutian Islands for that work!) She has also done work on thick-billed murres, Leach’s storm petrels and Manx shearwaters in Newfoundland. Her current research is focused on double-crested cormorants and black-crowned night herons at Tommy Thompson Park.

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