I am a seasonal technician with Mass DCR and we are currently trying to develop a survey that identifies the barriers that prevent us from effectively informing the public and alter the behaviors of people who feed gulls, particularly gulls in parking lots.
We've used informational signs and found that most 'gull feeders' ignore these signs or don't even see them to begin with. So we've changed our approach and are trying to identify other ways we can reach out to these feeders.
We've seen an influx in roosting gulls in recent years on state owned reservoirs, and have identified gull feeding in lots as the cause of gulls remaining in this area. These roosts have altered reservoir water quality, though we want to express how feeding the gulls is detrimental to the health of individual gulls, flocks, and ultimately the public.
Has anyone had any experience with this, or does anyone know of any literature/surveys that address this issue?
If so I'd love to hear from you. I can be reached at Laskaris.firstname.lastname@example.org
Seasonal Gull Technician
Reducing Feeding of Gulls/Waterfowl
I really think that qualitative research will be more helpful to you than surveys at telling you why people do or do not do what they do. Surveys, we have found, are not good at getting this information. Contact me if I can be helpful!
Brian Day - Rare
Director, Social Marketing