The Attackers score another one for the birds! This time, the Union Island Environmental Attackers and the St. Vincent based Avian Eyes have jointly received funding to implement the Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC).

For Union Islanders, this means there is money on the table for things like training, guide books, binoculars, GPS units, water chemistry analyzers and more.  There will also be an education campaign on the importance of wetlands to communities and wildlife, especially the Ashton Lagoon, which has the largest expanse of mangrove in the Grenadines. Attackers need to start monitoring soon, as development and illegal logging continue to encroach upon the lagoon, and there will soon be a major restoration project.

So far, we’ve been working hard to get members up to speed on their birding skills, by visiting the Ashton Lagoon and the Belmont Salt Pond. Now, the real work will start, testing out the monitoring protocol and gathering other physical data.

The awarded money comes from the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) Small Grants Programme. Thirteen other groups received similiar support across the Caribbean to monitor wetlands and waterbirds according to the CWC standardized protocol. Having a rigourous protocol will help managers to notice changes in birds due to human and other natural causes.

Robert William Rankin,
Sustainable Grenadines Inc