Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Migratory birds and sea turtles on Denis Island

Northern Wheatear on Denis Island
Denis Island geographic location in the northern Seychelles archipelago, right on the edge of the Mahe Plateau, makes it a very important resting and overwintering site for migratory birds. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Farewell from Maxine

Bird handling is not always easy
Seven months later, eight hundred birds down, and a healthy tan to boot - my time on this project is coming to an end and I think it is safe to say I’ve made the most of it! Since my first blogpost, the myna eradication work has seen great success as we navigated our way through the ups and downs of island life.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

New beginnings for GIF

My first month as Green Islands Foundation General Manager

New faces at GIF- Wilna and Terence 
It has been a little over a month since I took over the position stepping in a very big pair of shoes left by Arjan de Groene. January was equally a busy start for GIF with the monitoring of threatened fish species kick-starting  and with preparations to move on to the shooting phase of the mynah eradication on North island. As I came in, I jumped straight into things with the guidance and help of our Project manager, Jennifer.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

My experience on the Myna eradication project- Ellie Moulinie

Ellie checking the decoy traps
My internship on North Island was a great experience!

The sea was quite rough but we arrived safely. Jeremy was there to greet Dillys and I when we arrived then it was off to the rat room. Jeremy showed us to our house in the village followed by lunch. In the afternoon we went to the office where we met CJ and Tarryn and i was briefed about the Myna eradication project. That same day we went on an afternoon round to visit the sites where the cages where situated and Jeremy guided us on how to go about feeding the Decoys, how to handle a Myna and the procedures taken when a Myna was caught. We were lucky that day as Jeremy saved a Myna for Dillys to kill. She was so excited!! 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Saving the Seychelles White-Eye on North Island

Seychelles White-Eye (copyright North Island)
The Seychelles White-eye (Zosterops modestus) is an endangered passerine bird species endemic to the Seychelles, currently found on four granitic islands, including North Island. Over the last two years the North Island environment team has been implementing an active island rehabilitation programme, and recently with the help of Green Islands Foundation and Wildwings Management, have initiated a Myna Eradication program.