Seabirds Prosper When Local People and Conservationists Work Together

Working with local people is key when it comes to protecting native wildlife.

Conservationists from the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project and restoration specialists from Wildlife Management International jointed together with local volunteers to eradicate invasive rats that were killing seabirds.

Island Conservation Science Manx Chick by Nick TomalinManx Shearwater chick. Photo by Nick Tomalin

Since the removal of the rat population, the project team has observed both Manx shearwaters and European storm petrels successfully breeding on the islands for the first time in living memory, with over 40 chicks being recorded on the islands in the last two years.

Island Conservation works with local island communities to protect native wildlife from extinction. This is critical to the success of the project and future health of the island and communities which depend upon it.

Island Conservation Science People Robinson CrusoePeople working together on Robinson Crusoe Island. Photo by Island Conservation

Read the full article at Birds on the Edge.

About Sara Kaiser

Sara received a BA in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz in 2014. As a freelance writer and editor, she seeks to clarify the importance of biodiversity, ecological awareness, and the urgency of extinction prevention efforts. She embraces the philosophical dimensions of conservation and seeks to better understand how patterns of thinking play into our relationships with ourselves and the natural world.

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