Bird Conservation Grant

This project will cover THREE areas in bird conservation: (1) reaching out to fishermen to educate them against the killing of sea bird eggs (targeting fishermen on Leeward coast and in the Grenadines) (2) educating children on bird conservation. It will be led by the island’s top bird expert, Lystra Culzac (3) data collection on national sea and land birds. Issue of Concern that Project Addresses: 1. The harvesting of sea birds and bird eggs, especially on outcrop islets of the Grenadines is having devastating impact on bird nesting and reproduction 2. Lack of awareness about the need to protect birds and their role in our ecosystem, lack of awareness of types of birds and their migratory patterns Goals of Project 1. The project will seek to educate fishermen about why they should conserve birds as it is the birds that show them where to find schools of fish. The islets of the Grenadines, which are nesting sites for birds, including Petit Canouan, Savan and Alla Wash (both off Mustique), are all regularly visited by fishermen who comb them and collect all bird eggs there. The fishermen who do this are both from the Grenadines and from the Leeward coast of St. Vincent, this project targets both groups. 2. This project is aimed at reaching a large amount of children with a view to educating them on the relevance of bird conservation in the wider island wide natural eco-systems. 3. The project will faciliatate the collection of data on birds, an area of significant data deficiency. 4. The project will provide data to the SVGPF to work towards for the implementation of protection measures for birds and bird eggs that are threatened – it will identify the threatened species and the threatened nesting sites (which we believe are mainly in the islets of the Grenadines). St. Vincent and the Grenadines is home to over 170 bird species (including fourteen regional endemics – two of which are locally-restricted). Birds constitute an important part of our natural environment. They are a critical component of the various ecosystems and provide vital services such as food, pest control, pollination, and ecotourism opportunities. The presence and behavior of birds can also inform us about changing ecosystems. Photos Credit: Stephan Hornsey