Ascension : Conservation Weekly
Submitted by The Islander (Conservation Office) 07.10.2011 (Article Archived on 21.10.2011)
The Conservation boys do the detailed monitoring of the bird population on Ascension Island.
Ascension Island Conservation Department
RSPB Seabird Restoration Project
Contributed by Kayshai Reynolds
The Conservation boys do the detailed monitoring of the bird population on Ascension Island. This is a very important job as it gives an accurate account of what birds are declining and thriving and helps to make a decisive decision on how to deal with the problem efficiently and to keep any problems at bay.
Some of the work that the boys do on the island is concerning various coastal walks around the island such as Crystal Bay, Hummock Point, North West Bay and many more. The boys have a full understanding of what the island birds require to thrive on our little but wonderful island.
ANNUAL BEACH CLEAN UP 2011
Beach Clean Up Wednesday 19th October 1pm-4pm. Meet at Conservation Office, Georgetown. All Volunteers Welcome.
Nathan Fowler at Spire beach observing seabirds.
One of the more important walks is the original Letterbox Walk, which starts at the top of Devil’s Ash pit and continues its way down to South East Bay. While on the walk the boys check the bird population and also monitor progress of the birds such as pairing up and mating.
The area where the seabirds are mating is later tagged so that the information on the bird population, size and predators can be recorded on our database for the future.
It is this information that helps the bird population to thrive after so many years of human intervention.
Please be advised that due to on-going field work the Conservation Office will open from 7.30am -10am during week days. We open as normal on Saturdays, 10am-12noon. Volunteers welcome. Please contact Natasha Williams. Ascension Island Conservation Department. Georgetown. Tel: 6359.Email: email@example.com