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COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Ross’s Gull in Canada

Special Significance of the Species

Before the 1980s, Ross’s Gulls had a remarkable mystique among the bird-watching community for their rarity (Manitoba Avian Research Committee 2003, Berger 2005, ENature 2006). The discovery of nesting Ross’s Gulls in Churchill resulted in a continuing economic boost for the community, as birders, naturalists and photographers flocked to the area and indeed still do (Macey 1981, Alvo et al. 1996, Newton et al. 2002, R. Koes, pers. comm. 2006).