PI: Patrick Jodice, USGS South Carolina Cooperative Research Unit / Clemson University; Yvan Satgé, Clemson University / South Carolina Cooperative Research Unit
Co-PI: Ernst Rupp, Grupo Jaragua; Rob Ronconi, Acadia University
Our study of Black-capped Petrel includes:
- 2014: First effort to deploy satellite tags on breeding Black-capped Petrels. The research was initiated at Lomo del Toro in the Dominican Republic. Our team deployed 3 satellite tags in April 2014. Our article First satellite tracks of the Endangered black-capped petrel, Jodice et al (2015). Endang. Species. Res. is now available in open-access.
- 2018: Spatial and foraging ecology of chick-rearing Black-capped Petrels, Loma del Toro, the Dominican Republic. We deployed 9 remote-download GPS-loggers and collected fecal samples for a molecular analysis of diet. We are analyzing tracking data and we will publish a preliminary report on movements and habitat characteristics soon. We are also working on risk exposure assessment at sea. Finally we are modeling nest habitat to predict potential nesting areas in Hispaniola and the Caribbean.
Funding provided by: American Bird Conservancy, Mohammed bin Zayed Fund for Species Conservation, Cary and David Paynter through the H. Smith Richardson Jr. Charitable Lead Annuity Trust, Jeff Rusinow, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stuart & Lynn White, the Neotropical Bird Club, Voltaic Systems.
Research and conservation to benefit the Black-capped Petrel is also being conducted by BirdsCaribbean, BirdLife International, Conservation Metrics Inc., Cornell University, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean, Societe Audubon Haiti, and The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
A recently published monograph on the ecology and conservation of the Black-capped Petrel is available as an open access article from Marine Ornithology. This work was authored by Ted Simons, Dave Lee, and Chris Haney.
The US FWS leads the Black-capped Petrel Working Group and their activities are wide-reaching and critical to the species conservation.
The Conservation Action Plan for the Black-capped Petrel can be found here.
You can learn more about the distribution and biology of the species (and all seabirds in the Caribbean) at the West Indian Seabird Breeding Atlas site.