Kestrel Conservation

Project name:

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (3)

Project purpose:

Kestrel Conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

Terrestrial

Mauritius

Indian Ocean

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

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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

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.

Facilities:

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

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. 

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Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

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