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THEY ARE AMONG THE MOST SUCCESSFUL birds on Earth, living from polar regions to parking lots, along shorelines or at sewage ponds. They can be elegant or brutish, ambitious or lazy. And even as they pose for us in plain sight, they can be notoriously hard to identify — but not any more. Getting Gulls, my new workshop,  debuts Thursday, December 1 at 6:30PM in the Essex High School auditorium in Essex, Vermont.

During this one-hour session for fledgling gull-watchers you’ll learn the best time and place and system for gull identification. You’ll discover how to look beyond feathers to identify gull species with confidence. We’ll even begin to demystify one birdwatching’s great challenges: immature gulls. With my images, videos and system (and strange sense of humor), among gulls you shall become a better birdwatcher — maybe even a better person.

Brought to you by the good folks at Green Mountain Audubon, this program is free to students and open to everyone for a suggested donation of $5. Bring your binoculars and exuberance. And for those of you game enough, I’ll add an extra hour or so on intermediate and advanced gull identification starting at 7:30PM.

You want elegance on the wing? Audacity on the beach? You gotta get with gulls. Get ’em on December 1.