3,250 seabirds rescued from light pollution

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2023-12-06 02:10:49

At least 3,250 juvenile seabirds (provisional figures), especially cenicient shearwatersvictims of light pollution have been rescued in Tenerife between October 15 and November 15, within the campaign to rescue dazzled chickens organized by the Tenerife Cabildo and in which SEO/BirdLife has participated.

The campaign has taken place in the municipalities of The lagoon, Santa Cruz of Tenerife, The rosary, Candelaria, Güimar y Arafo, with the support of volunteers. The days with the highest accident rate were from November 6 to 12.

After collecting the injured birds, they were assisted in the La Tahonilla Wildlife Recovery Centerfrom where once checked they were released next to the sea to take their first flight.

In addition to the rescue groups, citizen collaboration made it possible to detect and collect most of the birds, with calls to 112 or 900 28 22 28 (for the island of Tenerife).

Project Life Natura@night

For the second consecutive year, the campaign to collect dazzled birds has been included as an activity within the proyecto Life Natura@nightthrough the so-called scientific brigades seabird rescue, also with the help of volunteers previously trained for this purpose.

The objective is to improve the data collected on injured shearwaters, relating them to the type of lighting, which will be used to make changes to both public and private outdoor lighting.

The objective of this action developed in the pilot municipalities of the project, Buenavista del Norte, in Tenerife, and Mogán, in Gran Canaria, is to improve the data on the collection of spotted shearwaters, relating them to the type of lighting, which will serve to make changes in both public and private outdoor lighting.

The injured birds rescued by the brigades were transferred to La Tahonilla, in Tenerife, and to the Tafira Wildlife Recovery Center, in Gran Canaria. The work of these brigades took place between October 23 and November 5 with intensive actions in various sections of the night.

Life Natura@night is a project with European funding that precisely seeks to raise awareness and act against the effects of artificial light at night (LAN) in 27 protected areas of the archipelagos of Macaronesia (in addition to the Canary Islands, on the islands of Madeira and Azores).

In the territory of the project, this autumn the campaigns of seabird rescue in Madeira saved 123 birdsthanks to the combined efforts of 93 volunteers. In the Azores, more than 300 volunteers rescued 119 birds in Graciosa, 154 in Corvo and 357 in São Miguel.

These are numbers of seabirds dazzled on six islands in the Macaronesia regionof the total of 20 islands that make up the three archipelagos, in which it is estimated that 1,100 seabirds die each year due to light pollution, a serious problem in the breeding areas of species that belong to the most endangered group of birds in the world .

Symbolic lighting blackout

In some of the pilot territories of the three archipelagos in which the project operates A symbolic blackout occurred on October 30. In the Canary Islands it took place in Mogán, public lighting being suspended the night of that day from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., an action to which several hotels joined. The purpose was to raise awareness among citizens of the need to reduce light pollution to ensure the protection of biodiversity and energy savings.

Binding lighting plans are being developed to be implemented by local authorities and are expected to set the standard for seabird and environmentally friendly street lighting in the region.

Life Natura@night is based on decades of work SPEA y SEO/BirdLife in the region of the Macaronesia and its objective is to go beyond the rescue of seabirds by first preventing them from falling into accidents. Project partners include local government agencies and lighting companies working together to implement more efficient lighting.

In this regard, binding lighting plans are also being developed that will be implemented by local authorities and are expected to set the standard for seabird- and environmentally friendly public lighting in the region.

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