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Seagull Calling Contest

Cawing all "seagulls!"
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There are more than two dozen species of gulls living in North America. Some people might dismiss them as just “seagulls.” But not the people of Port Orchard, a small town on Washington State’s Puget Sound. Each year, hundreds of people gather at the town’s waterfront in late May for the annual Seagull Calling Festival. Contestants — most of them in grade school — chirp, caw, and flap their way down the beach.

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“Seagull” Calling Contest

Written and Recorded by Jason Saul

This is BirdNote.
[Sounds of Washington State gulls — Glaucous-winged, Western...]
There are more than two dozen species of gulls living in North America.
Some people might dismiss them as just “seagulls.” But not the people of Port Orchard, a small town on Washington’s Puget Sound.
[Crowd and Caw]
In Port Orchard, gulls are celebrated. Each year, hundreds of people gather at the town’s waterfront in late May for the annual Seagull Calling Festival.
[Caw]
Contestants — most of them in grade school — chirp, caw, and flap their way down the beach.
[Caw]
The town’s mascot is Seymour the Seagull. He’s at the festival, too.
[Seymour’s half-hearted CAW]
Organizers say they respect the ecological niche gulls fill — and it’s just fun for the kids.
[Caw]
The gulls along the beach definitely look amused.
[Caw]
For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.
Support for BirdNote comes from Bloomsbury, a publisher of natural history books and birding guides. Critical Critters by Ralph Steadman and Ceri Levy is available now.
                                                                               ###
Bird sounds recorded by BirdNote’s Jason Saul.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Managing Producer: Jason Saul
Associate Producer: Ellen Blackstone
© 2017 Tune In to Nature.org   October 2017   Narrator: Michael Stein

ID#            gull-09-2017-10-09     gull-09

http://www.wec.ufl.edu/birds/SurveyDocs/species_list.pdf

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