17 participants received training from PNBA and Nature Mauritanie

The Banc d’Arguin National Park and Nature Mauritanie (NatMau) organised a training session in Iwik from 15 to 18 June 2019 for PNB staff, the association of ecoguides and academics. Central to the training were the identification of fish-eating birds, especially Laridae (terns and gulls), the monitoring of colonies and egg biometrics, the use of the GPS for sampling colonies, and the collection of data on bird estimates using the Android-powered Obmapp application. Among other things, it was aimed at providing participants with the means to conduct surveillance or research activities while ensuring that disturbance of nesting colonies remains minimal. In attendance were 17 participants, including 9 field workers from PNBA, 7 ecoguides from local dwellers and 2 students from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of ElAsria, Nouakchott, Mauritania. The training unfolded in three sessions: a theoretical part based on four modules, a field trip and an assessment.

It should be reminded that the training came within the framework of the Banc d’Arguin National Park (PNBA), BirdLife International’s Alcyon II project, and the Plan of action on wetlands and coastal birds (PAZHOC) financed by the MAVA Foundation.