|Grand Bahama Birding Group protect nesting seabirds|
|Wednesday, 18 July 2012 09:12|
Bridled Terns are pelagic birds which means they spend their lives at sea and come only to land during their breeding season in the summer. They lay a single egg in limestone crevices on uninhabited offshore cays and islands.
In order to prevent people from walking through the vegetation and disturbing these nests, possibly crushing eggs and chicks, the birders installed rebars and caution tape around the upper cay nesting colony, leaving the beach open for visitors.
A sign was placed on the beach as well asking people to stay away from the nesting area and making sure that beachgoers keep their dogs on leashes.The Grand Bahama Birding Group together with Grand Bahama Nature Tours have monitored and protected this Bridled Tern nesting colony for many years. Certified Bahamas Birding Guide Mrs. Erika Gates stated that she was extremely pleased that this years efforts were much iimproved with proper signage from the Bahamas National Trust.
Erika went on to say: "We were happy to have Denny Moore, Science Research Officer of the BNT come up from Nassau and join us in this effort. Denny is very skilled in seabird observation and recording and we were able to conclude that this was the largest number of birds and nests recorded in recent years!"
Join the Grand Bahama Birding Group on its next fieldtrip at Garden of the Groves and a sidetrip to the Least Tern nesting Colony on Discovery Beach this coming Saturday, July 21st. at 8:00 am. Meet at Garden of the Groves. Call 374-7778 for more information.
Photo 1: Grand Bahama birders conducted their annual fieldtrip to Peterson Cay, home to a nesting colony of over 200 Bridled Terns.
Photo 2: Egg hatching.
Photo 3: Left to Right: Erika Gates, Jill Cooper, Dale Russell, Mary & Chuck Seidel and Denny Moore.
Newer news items:
Older news items: