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Ascension Frigatebird 2014

A project of Ascension Island Gov/ Uni of Exeter in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Helena Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1641
Georgia Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Dhekelia Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Tristan Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Tortola Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Montagu Ascension FrigatebirdJuvenile2014-03-062014-04-1742
Caicos Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Gibraltar Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Diego Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1641
Cayman Ascension FrigatebirdJuvenile2014-03-062014-04-1742
Henderson Ascension FrigatebirdJuvenile2014-03-062014-04-1742
Garcia Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Gough Ascension FrigatebirdJuvenile2014-03-062014-04-1641
Grytviken Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Rothera Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Cockburn Ascension FrigatebirdJuvenile2014-03-062014-04-1742
Brades Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1641
Akrotiri Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Anguillita Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Stanley Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Hamilton Ascension FrigatebirdAdult2014-03-062014-04-1742
Turk Ascension FrigatebirdJuvenile2014-03-062014-04-1641

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Introduction

The Ascension Island frigatebird (Fregata aquila) is endemic to Ascension Island and is largely restricted to nesting on a single offshore islet - Boatswainbird Island (although following a feral cat control programme, 14 nesting attmepts have been documented on the mainland since 2012).

As part of a 2 year project funded by the Darwin Initiative, Ascension Island Conservation Department, the University of Exeter and the RSPB deployed 3 PTTs and 30 GPS logging devices on nesting frigatebirds in 2013 as a pilot study to investigate the foraging behaviour of this species. The tracks from the 3 birds fitted with PTTs in 2013 show that the devices worked well on the birds and that they traveled large distances from the Island in search of food. A further 22 were deployed on birds (both adults and juveniles) in 2014. The names of all of the birds have relevance to UK Overseas Territories countries.

It is hoped that a better understanding of the movements of these birds at sea will help us to identify areas where they may need extra protection e.g. from conflicts with fisheries.

           

       

Project Sponsors

This project is funded by the Darwin Initiative as part of the project "Implementing a Biodiversity Action Plan for Ascension Island". It has also received funding from RSPB and AIG core funds.