Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Northern Islands Seabird Survey

Bird specialist and community liaison expert, Ian Karika will be doing a seabird and invasive alien species (IAS) survey in the northern Cook Islands during August-September. IAS are plants or animals that are introduced to a place and have an adverse effect on that place economically, environmentally or ecologically. IAS that directly affect birds include rats, cats and ants. Ana and Jacqui met with Pasha Carruthers of the National Environment Service on 28 June to discuss the survey and also share timetables of work for the rest of the year. The crew will be travelling on the MV Orongo, a boat based in Aitutaki for the trip. A volunteer skipper, Mark Needler from New Zealand will be driving the boat. The survey is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Birdlife International and the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF).
CEPF is a joint initiative of l.Agence Francaise de Developpement, Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation. The focus of CEPF is the conservation of threatened species and other globally important species. Photo for story is of the Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster or Kena) supplied by the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust.

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