PIs: Patrick Jodice, USGS South Carolina Cooperative Research Unit/Clemson University
Will Mackin, Guilford College/West Indian Seabird Atlas
Collaborators: Environment Management Authority of Tobago
Audubon's Shearwaters are a focus of two tracking projects. The first was initiated in 2008 in The Bahamas and the second was initiated in 2013 in Tobago. Click on the links for each location to learn more about each project.
The research was funded by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, USGS, and BirdsCaribbean through a grant from The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Support also was provided by Bahamas National Trust.
PI: Patrick Jodice, USGS South Carolina Cooperative Research Unit/Clemson University
Co-PI: Rob Ronconi, Acadia University
Project Manager: Holly Freifeld, American Bird Conservancy
This is the 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.
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, and Stuart & Lynn White.
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.
Collaborators: Kyra Mills-Parker(OWCN), Rick Golightly (Humboldt State University), Laird Henkel (Office of Spill Prevention and Response, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife)
Funding: Oiled Wildlife Care Network
This project was undertaken to better understand the fate of brown pelicans after being oiled and rehabilitated. In May 2015 a pipeline ruptured, spilling crude oil into the surf on Refugio Beach in Santa Barbara County. Many birds and marine mammals were affected by the spill, and an extensive response was mounted. Close to 70 oiled birds were captured, most of them brown pelicans. Twelve of the 42 brown pelicans that were released after oiling, washing, and rehabilitation were outfitted with satellite GPS tags, and an additional 8 unoiled pelicans were captured and tagged as controls. We'll be comparing the movements, distance traveled, and presence in breeding colonies of the rehabilitated and control birds over the next years.
PIs: Patrick Jodice (South Carolina Cooperative Research Unit) and Ken Meyer (Avian Research and Conservation Institute)
Collaborators: Susan Zaluski (Jost van Dyke Preservation Society), Louise Soanes (University of Liverpool)
Conservation of Magnificent Frigatebirds in the Virgin Islands is a collaborative effort to improve our understanding of the ecology of frigatebirds in the Virgin Islands and surrounding areas. Very little is known about the movement patterns of this species during the breeding or nonbreeding seasons. We satellite-tagged 3 birds in April 2014.
Funding & Direct Support provided by: USGS, Avian Research and Conservation Institute, UK Overseas Territory Project Fund, BVI Office of the Governor, and the UK Darwin Initiative.
Additional support was provided by Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, National parks Trust of the Virgin Islands, and the BVI Department of Conservation & Fisheries.
Masked Boobies are a focus of two tracking projects. The first was initiated in 2012 in Jamaica and the second was initiated in 2013 in Mexico. Click on the links for each location to learn more about each project.