Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus) and Great Black-backed Gulls (Larus marinus) are familiar to anyone who has ever visited the Atlantic Ocean in New England. Their noisy calls, large size, and abundance make them stand out as the conspicuous "sea gulls" of beaches, marinas, towns, and garbage dumps.
Listen to the Kee-Oo call of a Herring Gull
Listen to the trumpeting call of a Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gulls are among the largest seabirds found on the East Coast. Great Black-backed Gulls have benefited greatly from humans and have increased to great numbers. As a result, they now breed in areas where they formerly did not, and cause great pressure on other seabird species. Although they are usually passive, in some instances they can be aggressive and dangerous to smaller seabirds on Eastern Egg Rock.
How you can help, right now
Adopt now and receive: A Certificate of Adoption, A biography of "your" puffin, and The book How We Brought Puffins Back To Egg Rock by Stephen Kress.
There are many ways that you can get involved with Project Puffin to help us make a difference for seabirds worldwide!