Reef and Fishery Assessment of Navassa Island National Wildlife Refuge

On April 23, 2009 scientists from the NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami Florida (SEFSC) departed from San Juan, Puerto Rico aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. Their destination: the Navassa National Wildlife Refuge. Along with the NOAA scientists are researchers from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM/RSMAS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the Director of the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM), an NGO based in Haiti.
This work is funded by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Pelagic birds

I am pleased that Patricia Morrison of the USFWS has eagerly joined the birding team. The path the Nancy Foster is taking to get to Navassa after departing the San Juan harbor is a West heading along the north shore of Puerto Rico. We then head south through the Monna passage and turn West along the southern coast of Dominican Republic and Haiti until we reach the windward passage (yes over two days steam). Navassa Island sits in the Windward Passage to the west of Haiti. We have been out of sight of land for most of the transit but together we have teamed up to see some nice pelagic birds and a long decision about including the numerous flying fishes scattering before the ship in our bird list. At this point our Pelagic bird list includes Royal Tern, Brown Noddy Tern, Brown Booby, and a graceful Magnificent Frigatebird. We are hopeful that tomorrow will bring us a white tailed tropic bird.

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