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Jim McGinity attaches a band to a juvenile skimmer at Indian Shores. A conservation team is monitoring the skimmers' declining population. (Courtesy of Beth Forys)

Conservationists hope black skimmer banding can help stabilize a declining seabird population

INDIAN SHORES — Sunrise was an hour and a half away when Beth Forys and a troupe of volunteers, students and wildlife experts parked their cars in a lot on Gulf Boulevard. They strolled through the humid night across the street to the beach, home to a colony of threatened seabirds called black skimmers. Forys, an e …