Stories in the ‘Bird Conservation in Saipan’ Category

Working with Pacific Bird Conservation (Conclusion)

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Transport boxes that will be used when the birds are translocated.

Steve Howard is in the Northern Mariana Islands, working with Pacific Bird Conservation to protect birds and blogging about his experience. This post was written by Steve Howard The adventure ends. Today I left Tinian for Saipan, where I’ll spend the night before heading home. As of this morning, the goal of catching 50 Bridled White […]

Working to Save Birds in the Marianas Islands

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fruit dove

The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands is a chain of about 14 islands in the Pacific around 3,000 miles west of Hawaii. For the better part of a decade, a group of bird professionals from institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have been doing important work in this beautiful and […]

Prior to departure – ALWAYS count your crates!

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Our plane awaits - with the crates being loading in.

We are taking 20 GOWE and 12 MAFD back to AZA zoos in the US mainland.  Their journey is long and we will be there to help them and monitor them the entire way. We finally are able to book a flight for the birds and us to get to Guam.  We work with Star […]

Translocation day for the birds from Tinian

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a trip of a lifetime!

We have been worried all week about weather.  Not only did the bad weather slow down our trapping schedule, it almost impacted our ability to translocate the RUFA from Tinian to Sarigan. There was a weather “system” developing (the description sounded like a tropical storm system to me).  This would severely impact our ability to […]

I wish I could eat that much….

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I spend my day looking at GOWE poop

After we trap all the birds we are hoping to get, we end up with a room of 14 MAFD and 24 GOWE. Each day then becomes fairly routine, feed and monitor all the birds to make sure they are eating, pooping, and acting normally.  I spend a great deal of time each day looking […]

Vet checks and Hotel Room Surgery

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Weight check on a MAFD (yes, we put them in a stocking to weigh them)

Since we are split between the 2 islands this year, I set-up the birds by my-self.  In previous years, I have worked as part of a team.  A zoo veterinarian and I would process the birds together.  We would get the birds in and do a quick physical exam, blood sample (via a toenail clip), […]

My 200-mile a day commute

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Bird Island at Sunrise

Each time a bird is caught it is placed in a field crate and held until it can be transported to the bird room. It is 12.4 miles from the hotel to the dove trap site. It is .6 miles between the dove site and the GOWE site. I have put over 200 miles on the rental car […]

Moving Islands

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1 Saying Good-bye to Tinian

The plan was for 5 of us to head back to Saipan when the Tinian group got settled in and started catching birds.  We arrived back in Saipan on the 15th and keeping with the flexibility theme we have run into some hurdles.  We got back to the summer holiday hotel and were able to pretty […]

Forgotten supplies, finding net sites, and the flies…

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Where you go when you need things - the police station is down on the left

We forgot the needles and syringes… and there is no hospital on Tinian – oh and these are really not the easiest items to procure anyway…. While we hope we will not need vet supplies like this, we will need a few for emergencies. So if you are on an island in the middle of […]

The Perils of Planning Too Much

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Brown tree snake

I’m in the Marianas Islands again. This will be the 8th formal field year for the MAC program and 10th year of the partnership of CNMI with AZA zoos. For a little refresher, the Mariana Avi-fauna Conservation program, or MAC for short, started in 2004 when the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands (CNMI) government and […]

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