Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Conservation News: Cousine Island

Cousine Island Welcomes Dr. Mark Brown

At the beginning of June, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr Mark Brown from Nature’s Valley Trust in South Africa to Cousine Island. The purpose of his visit was to provide our Conservation Team with an intensive training course in bird ringing.

A very fun and successful two weeks was spent catching, measuring and ringing a total of 835 birds of many different species - from tiny Seychelles sunbirds, warblers and fodys, to much bigger white-tailed tropicbirds, wedge-tailed shearwaters and sooty terns. 

We even managed to catch some of our Seychelles magpie robins, including a recently fledged chick and the only un-ringed adult on the island. This will allow us to continue to closely monitor our population of 38 Seychelles magpie robins. Becky, James, Chloe and Paul are now all licensed bird ringers with the South African Bird Ringing Unit (SAFRING). 

This will really open up the research and monitoring possibilities for the island; we can now incorporate ringing into our weekly monitoring of white-tailed tropicbird nests, and thus gain valuable information such as whether or not adults are returning to the same site again and again to nest.

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