Conservian Bahamas May 2018 Live-aboard Schooner Expedition:
Shorebird Habitat Conservation
Volunteer Field Crew Needed
See link to short expedition video
We need your help to protect beach-nesting birds, nests, and young. Conservian is seeking a weekly crew of 8-12 enthusiastic volunteers for our Bahamas shorebird habitat conservation project in May 2018 aboard our 75ft research schooner. Volunteer field crew will assist project director with daily project activities.
Trip cost for one week is $1,350 and includes your bunk, onboard meals, water, and ground transportation associated with project. Participants will fly to the Bahamas to designated airports for shuttle transport to schooner. A valid passport is required. Airfare and insurance are not included.
In 2018, Conservian, BirdsCaribbean, and partners will continue on-the-ground protective and restorative measures to limit human-caused disturbance, and control invasive Australian pine at key Piping Plover, shorebird, and seabird sites in the Bahamas. Field volunteers will participate in collecting new data on shorebirds and seabirds of the Bahamas. Selected sites include Globally Important and locally Important Bird Areas and national parks of the Bahamas, such as Joulter Cays National Park IBA, and the northern Exumas, as well as additional key shorebird sites on N. Andros and the northern Exumas.
Project partners include: BirdsCaribbean, Bahamas National Trust, International Conservation Fund of Canada, USFWS/NMBCA, LightHawk, Dow AgroSciences, Grand Bahama Nature Tours, Optics for the Tropics, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Bahamas Public Parks & Beaches Authority, Bahamas Environment, Science & Technology Commission, Rand Nature Center, Abaco Friends of the Environment, Treasure Cay Community Center, Royal Bahamas Police Force/Marine Support.
- Protect, post & sign shorebird & seabird sites
- Collect new data on nesting shorebirds & habitat
- Observe/assist with bird banding (conditions permitting)
- Control invasive Australian pine on beach habitats
- Work with local volunteers to accomplish the above goals
Our days will be filled with much adventure! The focus of the work is surveying for beach-nesting bird breeding pairs, nests and young, and working with local volunteers to implement protective measures in the field. Focal species include Wilson’s Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Least Terns and other colonial nesting species. We will work in both populated and remote areas, sail blue Caribbean waters, visit white sandy beaches, boat to little islands, conduct ground surveys for beach-nesting birds, nests, and downy chicks, and meet new people. We will work with local volunteers to post and sign shorebird sites and control invasive Australian pine. Field crew will assist with collecting data on breeding pairs, habitat assessment and human-created disturbance.
Qualifications: Applicants must be responsible, adventurous, in good physical condition, enjoy working in teams and be capable of walking several miles during warm weather in the Caribbean. Applicants must be comfortable living communally onboard a schooner and riding in small boats to access survey sites.
Our 2016 and 2017 trips were very successful with volunteers of all ages participating. The trip is appropriate for conservation and adventure-minded, students, moms, dads, and even fit grandparents.
Go to our website https://www. Coastalbird.org for more information about our 2018 expedition.
- Habitat Restoration
- Environmental Education
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- 1 week or more
- responsible, adventurous, in good physical condition, enjoy working in teams