Seabirds breed come heavy rains or strong winds

White tern aka fairy tern breed year round and are usually seen in pairs, they lay a single egg on a branch crevice

The Seabird survey on Cousin Island Special Reserve was typically carried out during the South East monsoon season – a period of low rainfall and heavy winds – but since 2013 this is now done in both the North West (NW) and the South East (SE) monsoon seasons to compare trends between these different times of the year. The NW season, running from November to March, is time for heavy rains but calmer winds and sea. Continue reading “Seabirds breed come heavy rains or strong winds”

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Deciding when to lend a helping hand: a decision-making framework for seabird island restoration

(Rachel T. Buxton, Christopher J. Jones, Philip O’Brien Lyver, David R. Towns and Stephanie B. Borrelle)

photo by Steve Read

Following the removal of an introduced species, island restoration can follow two general approaches: passive, where no further intervention occurs and the island is assumed to recover naturally, and; active, where recovery of key taxa (e.g. seabirds) is enhanced by manipulating movement and demography. Continue reading “Deciding when to lend a helping hand: a decision-making framework for seabird island restoration”