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Old 08-22-2007, 08:44 PM
 
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I thought the sandpiper was Florida's version of the seagull. LOL!
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:12 PM
 
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I think the gulls ate the fireflies and headed for Lake Michigan. I saw a passing glow headed north last month.
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Albers, IL 62215
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We have seagulls but I don't see any fireflys anymore. We use to have tons of them but the last 10 years I don't see them. Anyone else notice this?

I'd have to research this for the facts, but you are right about the fireflys. My mom was telling me about this earlier this spring. She had read, or had seen a report, that explained that the number of fireflys have severely declined. Something about a disease, or virus, that strikes the female fireflys (I believe).

As for seagulls, I've seen a lot of them here in Illinois. They are "regulars" at a shopping mall....strangely enough.....and, there are a lot of them around our larger lakes.

Lori
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Florida
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We have seagulls but I don't see any fireflys anymore. We use to have tons of them but the last 10 years I don't see them. Anyone else notice this?
I've see maybe 5 fireflies in Florida.
I honestly didn't think they lived here ...I love them!

I will never forget being around 10 years old, my mom catches a firefly(in ILL), squishes it and drags its guts around my ring finger. She then said "look Kelly, you have a glowing ring" and started laughing ...I was so grossed out!
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Old 08-23-2007, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Florida
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We have seagulls but I don't see any fireflys anymore. We use to have tons of them but the last 10 years I don't see them. Anyone else notice this?

My wife and I were just talking about this the other day. When we were kids the yard was swarming with fireflies in the summer and we would catch them and put them in jars. We wanted to show our kids how to do this but I haven't seen a single firefly in years. My wife speculated that the mosquito spray trucks might be killing all of the fireflies too. It is strange.
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Old 08-23-2007, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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We have all your fireflies and are holding them hostage in rural north Alabama.

Come to think of it, I did notice a decline in the number of seagulls in Florida this year, even around the landfills. Perhaps West Nile Virus and other diseases are thinning the population?
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Old 08-23-2007, 12:04 PM
 
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We have all your fireflies and are holding them hostage in rural north Alabama.

Come to think of it, I did notice a decline in the number of seagulls in Florida this year, even around the landfills. Perhaps West Nile Virus and other diseases are thinning the population?
It's a bit disconcerting, whether or not you consider seagulls, the pigeons of the sea. It may have something to do with Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) or commonly known as red tide. "Red tide" can still kill populations of fish well after a bloom is gone. If it can kill the fish population, imagine what it can do to the bird population dependant on them for food.
The Gulf of Mexico has a large "dead zone", which isn't uncommon. This "dead zone" size, however, is extremely large.
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Old 08-23-2007, 01:14 PM
 
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Ok thought I would ask some of you who have lived here for a long time. WHere are the sea gulls? We have been down here for about a month and a half now and every time we go to the beach there are no sea gulls? Daytona used to always have them? What has happened? Sorry if this is a dumb question!

All dead I hope.
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:39 PM
 
Location: ~Palm Coast, Florida~
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It's a bit disconcerting, whether or not you consider seagulls, the pigeons of the sea. It may have something to do with Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) or commonly known as red tide. "Red tide" can still kill populations of fish well after a bloom is gone. If it can kill the fish population, imagine what it can do to the bird population dependant on them for food.
The Gulf of Mexico has a large "dead zone", which isn't uncommon. This "dead zone" size, however, is extremely large.
Thank you Carbondated for your response. I was hoping from all these replies that someone would have some idea of where the sea gulls have gone to.
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:44 PM
 
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You're most welcome oceandreams94. I hope this years shore bird count will not be as low as last years. The other night I was at the beach looking for manatees and dolphins, and spotted one manatee and only one seagull. Sad...
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