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Saturday, October 31, 2020
We have a beautiful new member of the mountain chicken family to introduce. He’s big, he’s bold and he’s ready to spread a conservation message to people island-wide! No, we haven’t had any nests yet, but we do have a mountain chicken statue. This concrete frog signals the beginning of our exciting new outreach initiative, where we’re going to bring...
Hello everyone and welcome to another mountain chicken blog! This week I sat down with our colleague and good friend Lloydie, in order to find out what inspires him as a conservationist, how he got to where he is today and to share his insight on how the project is going so far. As Forestry Technician in Montserrat's Department...
With January comes the start of Chytrid fungus disease monitoring season for the team!  It's a delight really it is! Throughout this period we conduct monthly night surveys at field sites all across Montserrat; catching and swabbing a minimum of 60 treefrogs at each site for signs of the disease, this in-turn gives us a good idea of the...

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  It’s that time of year again- countless people are setting their new year’s resolutions to start hitting the gym and shed the excess pounds they gained over Christmas. Our mountain chickens on the other hand have a whole other agenda- to gain as much weight as possible! So, don’t be disheartened if your new regime isn’t going to plan-...
Hello! It’s Rachel here, the new volunteer on the project and I’m here to give you all a quick update on what’s been going on lately. It’s been all change in the mountain chickens’ enclosure over the last few weeks and a lot of new tech has been added. As you might have read in one of the previous blogs,...
The last year for the project has been, to say the least, a rather intense one! We've been gradually moving from strength to strength; the creation of a SAFE haven against chytrid, the return of mountain chickens to Montserrat, our first nests (10 of them), and now on international volunteers day I'd like to introduce you to our newest...
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December has been an exciting month for the project! Not only has Santa been doing his rounds, we've been going from strength to strength in prepping for the return of the Mountain Chicken to Montserrat next year! Now i must admit, I was a little disappointed not waking up to a myriad of mountain chickens calling on Christmas day (it...
What could be more important than engaging young children in the wonderfully wild world around them, opening their eyes to new careers, opportunities and even dreams!?  Well this was exactly how we started our week on the project and it was fantastic! We visited the 6th grade class at St. Augustines Primary School for an afternoon filled with activities especially...
In a previous post you saw the process we went through to mark out the mountain chicken release site and construct our trial ponds.  This update explores the next step, increasing the temperature of the environment! One thing we must do before we can successfully reintroduce the mountain chicken back to Montserrat, is to find a way in which we...
To celebrate mountain chicken day on the 13th September our partners hosted a myriad of events and activities to engage, excite and educate the general public in everything weird and wonderfully mountain chicken.  They touched on topics from the mountain chickens unusual physiology and behaviours, right through to the challenges they have faced with exposure to deadly amphibian chytrid...