Up close with seabirds

Out of all the incredible wildlife on Cousin Island Special Reserve, I was most excited to see the huge diversity of birds that live here. Only two weeks into my stay as a Nature Seychelles volunteer, I have had so many amazing experiences studying these animals close up. Continue reading “Up close with seabirds”

350 pairs of Brown noddies are estimated to breed on Denis Island

In February 2016 a Brown noddy (Anous stolidus) census was conducted on Denis Island by Green Islands Foundation (GIF) staff and volunteers to estimate the size of the breeding population. Brown noddies are commonly ground nesting but are seen far more frequently nesting in the crowns of coconut trees on Denis Island, possibly due to the presence of mammal predators in the recent past before the eradications of rats and cats. Continue reading “350 pairs of Brown noddies are estimated to breed on Denis Island”

Cousin Island Seabird Census completed!

Conservation Volunteers carrying out seabird census
Conservation Volunteers carrying out seabird census

The most important parameters for monitoring seabirds are the size and long-term trends of the breeding population and these can only be determined by repeated censuses over many years (Burger and Lawrence, 2003). Seabird censuses have been carried out at regular intervals on Cousin during the last 10 years, allowing such trends to be monitored. Continue reading “Cousin Island Seabird Census completed!”