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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The Minister of Agriculture is introduced to the mountain chickens
The Honourable Easton Farrell, Minister of Agriculture, came down to the holding facility today and officially welcomed home the mountain chickens. Minister Farrell gave a speech to thank everyone involved with bringing back Montserrat’s critically endangered species and implored people not to be tempted to hunt them. The speech was broadcast on the local radio station several times: radio is...
The team await mountain chickens and Javier
The arrival After many weeks of waiting and preparing, the big day when we could finally welcome the frogs back to Montserrat was here. During the morning we had been busy with all the final preparations, such as putting fresh leaf litter into the frog ponds. There was a lot of nervous tension the closer we got to late afternoon, when...
Pond construction - update 2 Having scrubbed the pond liners clean the next stage was to actually fix them to the wooden frames. This was a big job and it took us a little time to work out the best method of actually doing it. We did one prototype pond and decided that simply attaching the liner to the frame...
Pond construction - update 1 As part of the mission to save the critically endangered mountain chicken, our first milestone is to bring the captive bred mountain chickens back to Montserrat, as part of a reintroduction programme. During the run up to this very exciting moment of being able to release healthy, disease free animals back into their natural habitat,...
Preparing for the next phase of saving the mountain chicken A new three year plan funded by the Darwin Initiative is now in place to aid the long-term survival of the mountain chickens on Montserrat. One of the first major events under this project ‘Enabling Montserrat to save the critically endangered mountain chicken’ is to prepare for and undertake the...