Regional census of seabird colonies along the West Africa coastline

BirdLife International launched the drone-based regional census of stern and seagull colonies along the West African coastline. As part of the MAVA-funded Coastal Seabirds project, BirdLife International (BL) will perform the regional census of stern and seagull colonies along the West Africa coastline by means of a drone.

To help BirdLife International and its partners in this regard, the team of experts will fly the drone over all the breeding grounds of stern and seagull colonies across West Africa, from Mauritania to Guinea, including such sites as the Saloum Delta National Park, the Kalissaye Bird Reserve in Senegal, the Jeta island and the Bijagos Archipelago in Guinea Bissau, Alcatraz and the island of the wrecked ship in Guinea and the Banc d’Arguin National Park in Mauritania. All relevant protected areas officers, partner NGOs, students and the project team will receive hands-on training in the use of a drone and techniques for monitoring seabird colonies. This will be the third regional census of West Africa bird colonies using a drone since the 2015 edition carried out under the Alcyon project.