Conservian Bahamas May 2019 Live-aboard Schooner Expedition:
Shorebird Habitat Conservation
Volunteer Shorebird Field Assistant - Bahamas Live-Aboard
Conservian is seeking a few enthusiastic volunteer field assistants for our Bahamas shorebird habitat conservation project in May 2019 aboard our 75ft research schooner. Field assistants will assist project director with daily project activities. The focus of the work is surveying for beach-nesting bird and seabird breeding pairs, nests, and young, and working with local volunteers to implement protective measures in the field. Focal species include Wilson’s Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Least Terns, and other colonial nesting species. Assistants will record data on breeding pairs, habitat assessment, and human-created disturbance. Assistants will complete various data forms, perform data entry, and help director supervise field crew and local volunteers. Assistants will also assist director with daily planning/prep duties onboard the research schooner. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable field experience for your resume’.
Trip cost for week one or week two is $1,750 and includes your bunk, onboard meals, water, and ground transportation associated with project. Participants will fly to the Bahamas to designated airports for shuttle transport to schooner. A valid passport is required. Airfare and insurance are not included.
MAY 2019 EXPEDITION DATES & LOCATIONS:
Choose one week or more!
Week 1: Joulter Cays & S. Andros- May 5-12 (Nassau Int Apt)
Week 2: Northern Exumas - May 12-19 (Nassau Int Apt/Exuma Int. Apt)
In 2019 Conservian and partners will continue on-the-ground protective and restorative measures to limit human-caused disturbance, and control invasive Australian pine at key Piping Plover, shorebird, and seabird sites in the Bahamas. Field volunteers will participate in collecting new data on shorebirds and seabirds of the Bahamas. Selected sites include globally and locally Important Bird Areas and national parks of the Bahamas, such as Joulter Cays National Park IBA, and Exumas Land and Sea Park, as well as additional key shorebird sites on S. Andros.
Project partners include: BirdsCaribbean, Bahamas National Trust, International Conservation Fund of Canada, USFWS/NMBCA, LightHawk, Dow AgroSciences, Grand Bahama Nature Tours, Optics for the Tropics, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Bahamas Public Parks & Beaches Authority, Bahamas Environment, Science & Technology Commission, Rand Nature Center, Abaco Friends of the Environment, Treasure Cay Community Center, Royal Bahamas Police Force/Marine Support.
Volunteer Field Assistants will work closely with project director to accomplish the below activities.
· Protect, post & sign shorebird & seabird sites
· Collect new data on nesting shorebirds & habitat
· Observe/assist with bird banding (conditions permitting)
· Control invasive Australian pine on beach habitats
· Work with local volunteers to accomplish the above goals
Our days will be filled with much adventure. We will work in both populated and remote areas, sail blue Caribbean waters, visit white sandy beaches, boat to little islands, conduct ground surveys for beach-nesting birds, nests, and downy chicks, and meet new people. We will work with local volunteers to post and sign shorebird sites and control invasive Australian pine. There will be time to fish, snorkel, and visit local island towns.
Qualifications: Applicants must be responsible, adventurous, in good physical condition, enjoy working in teams and capable of walking several miles during warm weather in the Caribbean. Applicants must be comfortable living communally onboard a schooner and riding in small boats to access survey sites.
If you would like to join our conservation crew for a week or more as a Volunteer Field Assistant:
Please send 1) letter of interest 2) resume 3) names, email addresses and phone numbers of 2 references to Margo Zdravkovic: MargoZ@Coastalbird.org Please label all attachments with your name. The review of applicants is ongoing and will continue until positions are filled.
Go to our website https://www.Coastalbird.org for more information about our 2019 conservation expedition.
See link to short expedition video
See link to article on 2016 project from our supporters at LightHawk http://www.lighthawk.org/what-we-do/blog/saving-bahamas-beaches-birds
Follow link for story of our successful 2016 expedition http://www.birdscaribbean.org/2016/06/conserving-bahamas-beach-nesting-birds-and-habitats/