We regularly receive calls to go and look at injured or helpless birds as well as enquiries about how to help birds that have been rescued. Sometimes members of the public have also brought in injured or helpless birds to our offices in Roche Caiman. Today, a young boy named Allister and his mom came in with a fairy (white) tern chick. It looked to be days old. Allister had found the chick about in the nearby walking trail at the Sports Complex that borders our office. Attempts to reunite it with its parent were futile as the parent seemed to have left. David our science coordinator, together with Allister and his mom tried to locate its parents or adults among the Casuarinas on the trail. But no adults were visible. It’s been decided that Allister will take the chick back home where he will help take care of it for a few days before it’s taken to Cousin on Thursday where we should be able to find adults to take it in.
Here are pictures of Allister and the chick.
He tells us how he rescued the bird in the video.
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Nature Seychelles educates the public about what to do about injured or helpless birds through various media. We advise that the most important thing to do is to determine whether a bird has an injury, how bad it is and whether it is better to leave it where it is – especially in the case of chicks whose parents are sometimes nearby or to offer it some help. We also encourage those who don’t know what to do to call bird experts they know.
Bulwer's Petrel Cousin Island, 15 June 2009 Photo: Martyn Hammers
In July 2009 we brought you the news of the sighting of what was presumed were Herald’s and Jounin’s Petrels on Cousin Island – See this post.
Well it turns out that the Jounin was actually a Bulwer’s!. The Seychelles Bird Committee has come back with a confirmation of this sighting as a Bulwer’s. You can read more about this authentication (and more Petrels on cousin!) on our website
Zwazo issue No. 19 is out. Zwazo is produced bi-annually by Nature Seychelles and distributed in hard copy. Issue No. 19 focuses on people, birds and small islands. In its editorial titled “the Birds and the Buzz”, we tell you why there’s been so much “buzz” about the birds of Seychelles. We tell you how “the little brown job”, the Seychelles Warbler, saved from extinction through conservation action on Cousin Island, became the rallying point for rescuing other species and helped save seabirds, lizards, sea turtles and coral fish.
Cousin Island Special Reserve celebrated 40 years of conservation success in 2008. In this issue we tell you the comprehensive “coconuts to conservation” story. We also bring you stories from people who have been associated with the Reserve since its purchase by International Commission for Protection of Birds, now BirdLife International, in 1968. Prof. Tony Diamond of the University of New Brunswick lived on Cousin in the mid-1970s. Read his “Birds and the Bush: Bird responses to vegetation changes on Cousin Island, 1970s – 2008″ where he talks about the restoration of native forest on Cousin Island; “an interesting, and potentially instructive, ecological experiment”.