Kestrel Conservation

Project name:

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (3)

Project purpose:

Kestrel Conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

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Terrestrial

Mauritius

Indian Ocean

1 Ratings

1

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • report writing

  • undertake your own research 

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Basic shared accommodation

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, cooking facilities, electricity, toilet (western), wifi

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

  • Have gained a BSc in a relevant sciences

  • No fear of heights

  • Climbing experience

  • Have good written and spoken English

  • Have a sound knowledge of spreadsheet applications and data management

  • Motorbike license or willingness to learn

  • Good level of physical fitness and stamina 

  • Experience working outdoors 

  • Strong observation and practical skills.

  • Strong initiative and independence; work unsupervised day to day.

  • Ability to live and work with persons from different backgrounds in remote conditions.

  • ​Must not be colour blind.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

The Mauritius Kestrel (Falco punctatus) is endemic to Mauritius. The species declined dramatically as a result of habitat destruction, the introduction of invasive competitor and predator species and the use of pesticides. The Mauritius Kestrel was reduced to four known wild individuals in 1974 and was considered one of the rarest birds in the world. Emergency measures were taken to save the species. Intensive conservation management actions were initiated as of the late 1980s by the MWF. As a result of these actions, the Mauritius Kestrel population has risen to some 350 birds today. The purpose of this project is to safeguard the Mauritius Kestrel population by using conservation management techniques to further encourage population growth, which include; the provision of artificial nest sites, the removal of exotic competitors from nesting sites, close monitoring of the population and hand rearing and releases.

The position
A unique opportunity to join a dynamic field team, and contribute to the conservation of what was formerly considered the rarest bird in the world. The project is widely considered as one of the most successful bird conservation projects ever conducted. The position offers the successful applicant the opportunity to learn a wide range of field skills relating to the monitoring and management of the species including bird handling (ringing, blood sample collection and collection of morphometric measurements). 

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a species and a project that is known internationally amongst conservationists, to contribute to the recovery of the species and interact with conservation biologists from around the world. We regularly run talks and presentations given both by visiting scientists and our own staff where you will learn about other conservation recovery projects run by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. You will also be offered an opportunity to work on Round Island for a week or two, a predator free island closed to the public with a unique ecosystem. 

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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