Bill Dunson, born in rural Georgia, skipped 12th grade and went directly to Yale. He subsequently received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Michigan. Bill is Professor Emeritus of Pennsylvania State University, thanks to a career spent teaching and researching the physiological ecology and ecotoxicology of reptiles, amphibians and fish. Bill has dedicated his life to learning and sharing his knowledge with others. Join him as he observes our better nature on the Island, his newest home.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Black Skimmers in Sarasota
Some great photos here of breeding skimmers which you might be able to use. Taken by Eva Furner. I only wish that we could have such a colony on our islands.
From: "Furner, Eva" To: email@example.com Sent: Saturday, August 2, 2014 5:13:13 PM Subject: Fwd: Black Skimmers in Sarasota
FYI, thought you might find this of interest since you are in the area this week. - Large colony of Black Skimmers on Lido Key, on the beach just opposite the Holiday Inn.
Surprisingly, the birds are coexisting on the beach with lots of human beachgoers.
Well over a hundred birds. Lots of chicks in varying stages of maturity and a few adults still sitting on eggs.
Every time a parent lands with a fish, all the nearby chicks run toward the adult with wings outstretched. Very interesting to see all the activity.