Alighting, gulls have remarkable control over their individual feathers. Check Amazing Gull's, Secrets of Flight.

Gulls are nature's free spirits, but can have amazing relationships with people. Check out, Good Gull Tricks.

"Feed me!" a young Ring-billed gull seems to say. See Our Fine Feathered Friends.

A gull makes off with a prize near the antique tugboat the James Whalen at Thunder Bay Ontario. Gulls from the North Country often go on long migrations down south. Check out, South for the Winter. (Photo by Kim Dudley)

A gull swoops down in an acrobatic display to get a piece of food.

Old Fooler is a California gull which perches atop only one leg when people come around. He usually gets fed this way!(photo by Dennis Renault)

A laughing gull emits its cries. (Photo by Clive Dudley)

A Ring-billed gull stands proudly atop the pier. Ring-bills are the most populous gull, are resourceful and quick to learn.


Fall layup or storage? Use the downloadable and free fall layup checklist in this updated version of the Boat Log & Record This all - in - one boat record and logbook with engine maintenance record helps a boater to maintain in one place a season -to - season working record of a boat and its needs. It's the largest and most complete boat log and record for amateur boaters ever published. Includes special Emergency section dealing with transmitting a Mayday Message and how to deal with Man overboard. Plus other ways to boat safely and have more fun on the water. Free checklist here for fall layups or storage.
Fiction: A boater gets caught up in a daring around-the-world sailboat race ---and finds murder! "Full of remarkable characters and daring feats."--Cruising World.
Here are masterful tales of seafaring on the world's largest freshwater lake, including the last hours of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Join Marlin Bree in his solo voyages -- including a storm that gives Superior the reputation as being one of the world's most dangerous bodies of water.
A catamaran sails at midnight and is hit by a surprise storm along the Shipwreck coast. At the helm, the author fights for control and he and the crew search for the entryway off the lake. Exciting adventure. In a special chapter, as he sails near the sunken vessel, he takes a new look at the last hours of the Edmund Fitzgerald. If you like rugged adventures and are intrigued by Lake Superior's legends, history and folklore, here's a special book that will fascinate and sometimes surprise you.
Boating, great maritime adventures, storms at sea, maritime tales and survivals
Why did the Edmund Fitzgerald sink? Find yourself in the big freighter's wheelhouse as the Superior storm is at its worst. Or, find yourself aboard a leaky old wooden boat heading out into Lake Superior as an ice storm descends in a race to find a missing friend. Or, dive into murky waters to discover a mysterious old schooner sitting on the bottom still intact. A storm hits! Now come aboard a 10-foot home-built plywood sailboat trying to make it across the stormy South Pacific. Join the author aboard his sailboat trying to survive the storm of the century, with 134 mph. downbursts. Here are seven true tales of maritime adventure and survival from the waters of the world to stir the blood and fire the imagination--all told with a mariner's insight! And more. With illustrations, charts. Now the winner of seven writing awards!
Nonfiction: Excerpts & pix!
Roaring out of nowhere, a huge storm tore onto Lake Superior and catches a lone sailor and his small wooden boat in a wall of wind. Join Marlin Bree in the cockpit of his small sailboat as he fights to save his boat. The author goes on to complete a special voyage along the picturesque north shore of Lake Superior. A classic boating tale. "Equals any oceanic adventure." -- San Diego Log
Fiction: Lots of cartoons & laughs!
Okay, gang: let's face it: our boating world is funny sometimes. It's filled with good hearted people and a lot of other folks ranging from full-of-it skippers and too-party-hardy crew members. Here's a handy book you can keep on the old chart table to let you have a laugh at everything from the marine head to nautical terminology. Not for everyone, but you know who you are. Ho. Ho.
On June 1, 1979, Gerry pointed the bow of his tiny boat east and set sail out of Chesapeake Bay to cross the treacherous North Atlantic. He had hoped he had designed and built the smallest practical-sized sailboat capable of surviving on the open seas -- 10 feet long. Fifty four days later, after battling raging storms, physical pain, loneliness and islolation, sleeplessness and the never-ending racking of the ocean, Gerry pulled into the English port of Falmouth--the smallest craft to make that astonishing ocean crossing.

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"Gulls don't get much respect, a situation that author/​photographer Bree sets out to change through photos, anecdotes, poetry, even legends. Readers of this small, fascinating book will take a second look at our inland gulls, those ubiquitous masters of the air..."--Val Cunningham, birding column, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

There's a lot of information packed into 96 pages, including the near extinction of these clever birds, their flight patterns, behavior and humorous interactions with humans." --Mary Ann Grossman, St. Paul Pioneer Press

"I enjoyed reading Amazing Gulls. The writing was really nice and captured the nature of the gulls, their habitats and interactions with people very well. Thank you for sharing it with the Cornell Lab. --Jessie Barry, Merlin Projects Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

"The author's black-and-white photos and illustrations highlight this tribute to the world's most recognizable seabird. This fact-filled book would be a perfect gift for a fellow sailor."--The Ensign

"A stunning tribute to one of the world's most recognizable birds."
--Independent Publishers Group.

"Amazing Gulls is an absolutely delightful read. It is filled with wonderful stories of these sometimes misunderstood birds. We often take the beautiful gull for granted, but you won't anymore after reading this book. It is packed with information. I hope you enjoy it as much as did I." --Dave Grant

For sailors, boaters and birdwatchers everywhere: Here is the poetry of the seagull's flight, the majesty of its soaring wings, and its amusing antics as gulls gregariously interact with humans. Through digital hi-rez photography, this tribute to the author's favorite birds introduces their habits and habitats, their special abilities, and their remarkable intelligence.
Via details drawings and illustrations, author Marlin Bree examines the gulls "wings of wonder" and how they achieve their amazing sense of air, control their soaring and hovering, and remain aloft over great distances on their long-range migrations, sometimes from the Artic regions to the Gulf of Mexico and South America.
Amazing Gulls also recounts some of the fascinating legends that have sprung up over the years about gulls and their mystical symbolism in life and death. There are also light-hearted stories, such as the Old Fooler gull in California that puts on its own act to get some snacks and Sam, a gull who walks into a seafront store and picks up the same brand of chips day after day.
For anyone who appreciates gulls -- or wants to know more about these fascinating seabirds -- here is an extraordinary book by a man who has come to know and love them well.

A gull races a sailboat at Cabo San Lucas. Gulls often interact with people and "play" with them in their crowd-pleasing antics. (Photo by Clive Dudley)

Illustrations show parts of the gull and features.

About the Author: As he sailed through some of the waters of the world, and in particular his native sailing grounds of Lake Superior, Marlin Bree became fascinated with the seabirds that were his companions on some of his lonely anchorages as well as busy ports. The author is an award-winning marine journalist and the only two-time winner of Boating Writers International's Grand Prize. He's a former magazine editor of the Minneapois Tribune, a past president of the Minnesota Press club, and a contributor to such magazines as Cruising World, DIY Boat Owner, the Ensign, Lake Superior magaizne, and Good Old Boat as well as Northern Breezes. He is the author of numerous boating books including In the Teeth of the Northeaster, Wake of the Green Storm, Call of the North Wind and Broken Seas. He built his own sailboat, the remarkable 20-foot wood veneer and epoxy centerboard sloop, Persistence. He and his family live in Shoreview, Minenesota.

Exciting Stories about Gulls! Here's a look at the Table of Contents.

Amazing Gulls: Acrobats of the Sky and Sea. Marlor Press, Inc. Trim size 9 x 6, quality trade paperback, perfect binding. 74 black and white photos and 6 illustrations. 96 pages. Distributed to the trade by IPG, Chicago. Price: only $10.95.

Where can I find a copy? Amazing Gulls is available both in print and in e-books. Check for its Kindle version and Barnes & Noble for its Nook. The book is available in quality trade paperback as well in independent bookstores, gift shops and on the Internet, in the U.S. and Canada as well as England and Australia.

Gulls have inspired poetry, literature and legends, such as this in Amazing Gulls.

The author is indebted to many who contributed to this book, especially the photos from his old Armored Infantry buddy from California, Dennis J. Renault, formerly of the McClatchy newspapers; Clive Dudley, of Thunder Bay, Ontario, his Canadian friend when he took refuge on an island after surviving the notorious Lake Superior "Green Storm," and his contribution of several excellent photographs; the photography of gulls around Clive's special historic tugboat in Thunder Bay, the James Whalen, by his brother Kim Dudley; and lastly, the aid of Thunder Bay fireman Dave Grant, whose wife, Gina, photographed the fireman's rescue of a hapless seagull near Thunder Bay.