Europe and Central Asia
11 Aug 2017

The Seabird Bulletin

By Gui Xi Young

We’re proud to present ‘The ‘Seabird’ Bulletin’ – a special summer edition of our regular news brief, ‘The Bird Bulletin’. Throughout June, we chronicled the high seas adventures of our Marine Conservation Officer, Marguerite Tarzia aboard the RSS Discovery on its ‘Journey to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge’ – read the highlights from Marguerite and her fellow crewmates here!

 

ANCHORS AWEIGH – On 6th June, NERC’s flagship research vessel RRS Discovery sets out from port in Southampton. Embarking on this voyage of discovery are scientists from across the Atlantic – experts on oceanography, seabirds, cetaceans, deep-sea fish and plankton – out to unravel the many mysteries of the high seas. Read…

X marks the spot! Their destination – the ‘Evlanov Seamount & Basin’, a region of the sub-Polar Front where the North Atlantic Current crosses the mid-Atlantic ridge. New data tracking research, conducted by BirdLife, suggests that here lies a treasure trove of marine biodiversity. Read…

All hands on deck – a week into the expedition, the seabird and cetacean teams are busy surveying bird and sea mammal sightings along their track lines. Meet the crew and check out the science here…

Squid pro quo – Dr Vladimir Laptikhovsky – expert in all things cephalopod (octopus, squid, cuttlefish, etc.) – takes us down into the depths of the wild open ocean in search of food for hungry seabirds. Read…

THERE SHE BLOWS! Guilherme Bortolotto and Claire Lacey – cetacean experts from the University of St Andrews – are having a whale of a time aboard the Discovery as they use ‘Distance Sampling’ and hi-tech acoustic equipment to count the whales and dolphins. Read…

Follow that birdIn order to better understand the population dynamics of seabird species and their vulnerability to extinction, PhD students Julie Miller and Paloma Calábria Carvalho brave the high seas on the ship’s high-speed rescue boat. Their mission - to catch seabirds to investigate their diet and record other important data. Read…

Looking to the horizon – Nadya Ramirez-Martinez from the University of St Andrews explains ‘how to interview a dolphin’ to better understand the environmental factors that influence their distribution and habitat use. Read…

Land in sight As the RRS Discovery docks in Newfoundland, Marguerite Tarzia reflects back on a ‘Journey to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge’ worthy of Jules Verne himself.

 

Well that’s all for today’s Seabird Bulletin –  In September our regular Bird Bulletin will return, bringing you bite-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia every Friday.

So stay tuned for more cheeps, chirps and chatter.

Bye bye birdies!

 

Gui-Xi Young – Editor & Campaigns Officer, BirdLife Europe & Central Asia  

 

 

 

 


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