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Together we can protect Caribbean biodiversity

We want to extend our sincere thanks to everyone that participated in “RESTORING SEABIRDS AND OTHER NATIVE SPECIES IN THE CARIBBEAN: A WORKSHOP TO PRIORITIZE, PLAN AND SECURE FUNDING FOR REMOVING DAMAGING NON-NATIVE VERTEBRATES FROM ISLANDS”  at the recent SCSCB meeting in Antigua. The response at the meeting was fantastic and we are excited to harness this momentum and move ahead with incorporating into a database as much information as we can about the presence on invasive vertebrates on islands in the Caribbean.  For those of you that were not able to participate in the workshop, we want to extend an invitation to you to join in this effort. 

Click here to view an overview of the workshop.

BACKGROUND

In the workshop in Antigua, we presented about the power of invasive vertebrate removal for restoring seabirds and other native species and presented existing data we have on seabird islands and invasive vertebrates. Participants then broke into working groups organized into sub-region to proofread maps and tables, identify which islands have invasive vertebrates, and answer questions about biological, physical, social and political factors relevant to the potential for successful eradications.

HOW TO HELP

We invite any interested party to join this continuing effort:

  1. Visit http://wicbirds.net to view the West Indian Breeding Seabirds Atlas database. Under  “Islands” you can review the 868 known seabird breeding locations [or 777 different islands/islets/cays] in the atlas.

  2. Use the “Caribbean Seabird Restoration – Invasives Mammal Datasheet” to share what you know about any island’s invasive mammals (or other vertebrates) and characteristics relevant to eradications.

  3. Forms need not be complete - even knowing just an island name and the invasive vertebrates that are present is useful.

  4. Also, while this exercise is focused on seabirds and on islands most amenable to vertebrate  eradications, we are interested in data that you may have on ANY ISLAND in the Caribbean with invasive vertebrates.

  5. Email or Send forms to Brad Keitt with Island Conservation (brad.keitt@islandconservation.org).

For additional information, check out the Seabird Islands Regions Map and the Seabird Islands by Region.

NEXT STEPS

Once we have collected as much information as we can about the distribution of invasive vertebrates on islands we plan to review and use the data to develop a strategy for addressing this threat in the Caribbean. Our ultimate goal is to help develop a regional-scale program that can provide assistance where needed in identifying, planning, funding and implementing vertebrate eradications in the Caribbean. Knowing where the greatest conservation opportunities exist will provide an excellent resource to assist in developing and funding this program.

THANK YOU

We sincerely appreciate your interest in helping us in this effort. If you want to learn more about our work in the Caribbean, visit our Caribbean homepage; visit the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds to learn more about bird conservation activities in the region.

 

Brad, Will, Ann, Kirsty, Jennifer

Workshop Organizers


 

 

Desecheo Anole, one of three lizard species endemic to Desecheo Island
Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. Removing invasive species on Desecheo Island is expected to increase native populations of plants and animals.

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