I had the privilege of working with Dieter Oschadleus, the bird-ringing Coordinator from SAFRING (The South African Bird Ringing Unit). He came out to Cousin Island to officially register me through SAFRING based on my level of competency and ability to demonstrate a recognized level of bird ringing, mist netting and database updating.
Its not all wildlife monitoring, beach profiling is conducted on a regular basis on Cousin Island
What do you do when you have a long-running conservation success story on an island paradise? Nature Seychelles, a leading conservation organisation in the Western Indian Ocean region decided to share years of experience with aspiring young conservationists or people who simply want to try their hand at conservation, hence the Conservation Boot Camp program which began in May 2017.
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Nirmal Jivan Shah, The People Newspaper, 12/12/2007: Bottled water is the world’s fastest growing beverage. This means that the disposal cost of empty bottles is becoming an environmental and financial nightmare. A report from the World Watch Institute says that the energy costs of producing, bottling, packing, storing and distributing bottled water are also enormous.
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Dr Nirmal Jivan Shah, The People Newspaper, 5/7/2009: Just when you thought it was safe to drink bottled water, new research shows that plastic mineral water bottles contaminate drinking water with man made compounds that act like human hormones. The study by German researchers published in the journal Environment Science and Pollution Research provides evidence of estrogen compounds leaching out of the plastic packaging of several commercially available mineral waters into the water.
Nature Seychelles' Science Coordinator Cheryl Sanchez releasing a white / fairy tern photo by Mark Brown
“In the span of only a day, I went from never touching a bird, to knowing how to catch, hold, ring and measure them. It was a wonderful feeling, really, the first few birds that I got to ring - my hands shaking and I was nervously laughing the whole time.”