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212 puffins died year atlantic fuerteventura

The year 212 Atlantic Puffins died in Fuerteventura

The year 212 Atlantic Puffins died in Fuerteventura.

The Cabildo attends to more than 840 specimens of injured wildlife in 2023


Although everything points to the storms that occurred in the normal breeding area of these birds, which caused them to move them south and fall from exhaustion when they arrived on the islands, it is still not known for sure what was the reason for the high mortality of Atlantic Puffins in the Canary Islands this past 2023.

In this sense and on the other side of the coin, the friendlier, more than840 specimens of injured fauna have been cared for in 2023 by the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, a record figure in the number of attentions to various local species compared to recent years. This represents an increase in citizen collaboration, as well as better coordination with the different island administrations.

In total, 442 injured specimens were taken to the La Oliva Biological Station, for care at the Wildlife Recovery Center and subsequent release. Most of the birds of different types have been recorded, with the entry of 406 specimens of more than forty different species, the Cory's shearwater being the most numerous, followed by the yellow-legged gull and, at a greater distance, the common kestrel and Atlantic puffin.

In addition, 26 loggerhead turtles (caretta caretta) were received, which, after the first interventions, were later transferred to the Sea Turtle Recovery and Conservation Center located in Morro Jable.

The work of the veterinarians and caretakers of this enclosure is to provide food, shelter and medical care to injured, sick or orphaned animals in order to rehabilitate them and return them to their natural environment. Likewise, the placement of GPS devices on turtles and identification rings on birds for their monitoring is implemented.

According to data collected by technicians and operators of the Environment, the main causes of admission are traffic accidents or collisions on the road, collisions on power lines and malnutrition.

In addition, 402 specimens of injured fauna were admitted lifeless to the Recovery Center. Studies were carried out to help with the conservation of the species, such as necropsies, biometric data collection and collection of biological samples. This work is carried out in collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the ULPGC and the University Institute of Animal Health and Food Safety (IUSA).

Among the species found dead, birds stand out, with 354 specimens, including 212 Atlantic puffins and 41 cinnamon shelducks, as well as ten cetaceans, among which three common dolphins, a pilot whale, two pygmy sperm whales, two striped dolphins, two Atlantic spotted dolphins and three Cuvier's beaked whales have been found.

The Minister of the Environment, Carlos Rodríguez, highlights the relevance of this work in the conservation of local biodiversity. In addition, it underlines the importance of citizen collaboration in the protection of wildlife, as well as the need to work together to preserve the natural wealth of Fuerteventura. In this sense, La Oliva has registered the highest number of fauna specimens with 167 animals injured or injured for their recovery. It is followed by Puerto del Rosario with 124 and Pájara with 86. In the case of Antigua, Tuineje and Betancuria, 37, 20 and 5 specimens were made available to the centre, respectively.

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(20-01-2024, 05:29 PM)TamaraEnLaPlaya Wrote: caused them to move them south and fall from exhaustion when they arrived on the islands

Something about the wording makes this unusually sad. Poor wee things.
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