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Every field biologist has favourite slides that recall moments of special importance. Several of those shown in the material just presented represent some of those moments. For a rather small selection of the rest, I note those of particular personal interest taken at our temperate and tropical study sites.


Great Lakes locations:

(a) Port Colborne, Lake Erie
(b) South Limestone Island, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron

Two Common Terns engaged in the sky-pointing behaviour characteristic of early stages of pair formation in a breeding season (ref. Wiggins & Morris. 1986. Amer. Natur. 128: 126-129).

A female Common Tern in full-blown begging or demanding posture (depending on your perspective! (ref. Wiggins & Morris. 1986. Amer. Natur. 128: 126-129).

One(1993) of the several field crews that have participated in our constant struggle to preserve the substrate at Port Colborne (Lake Erie) for use by Common Terns (l. to r. Mark Ciceran, Konstantine Soroukis, Dave Moore, Gary Burness, R.D. Morris, Kevin Brown).

A more sophisticated (and considerably more costly) method of spreading substrate for use by nesting Common Terns (ref: Morris et al. 1992. Biol. Conserv. 60: 7-14).

Two student investigators in the Port Colborne Common Tern colony (ref. Morris et al. 1991. Can. J. Zool. 69: 661-668).

Ice over the Herring Gull colony at Port Colborne (ref. Morris & Chardine. 1985. Can. J. Zool. 63: 607-611).

Egalitarian parenting in Herring Gulls (ref. Morris. 1987. Studies in Avian Biol. 10: 68-74).

An over-enthusiastically dyed Herring Gull chick on South Limestone Island. (ref: Chudzik et al. 1994. Colonial Waterbirds 17: 18-27)


Caribbean locations:

(a) Cayo Noroeste or Cayo Yerba, Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, Puerto Rico.
(b) Little Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies

An earlier version (circa 1986) of Dr. Fred Schaffner demonstrating our noosing technique for the capture of an incubating adult Brown Nody on Cayo Noroeste. (ref: Chardine & Morris. 1987. Colonial Waterbirds 10: 100-102).

An earlier version (circa 1984) of Dr. John Chardine during our initial inspection of Cayo Yerba as a potential permanent study area for Brown Noddies.

A more current version (circa 1993) of Dr. John Chardine taking a body mass measurement by an adult Brown Noddy at Cayo Noreste (ref. Chardine & Morris. 1989. Condor 91: 868-874).

One of our individually colour-banded Brown Noddies at the Culebra Refuge.

A colour-banded Brown Noddy adult, with a banded chick at a tagged nest site on Cayo Noroeste (refs. Morris & Chardine. 1992. J. Zool. Lond. 226: 65-79; Morris & Chardine. 1995. Auk 113: 23-31.

A Brown Booby adult with chick at the George Ride colony site on Little Tobago (ref. Morris. 1984. Colonial Waterbirds 7: 1-9).