Gadfly Petrel Conservation Group Poster
By Nick Askew, Wed, 08/09/2010 - 11:00
The Gadfly Petrel Conservation Group was established in 2009 by the Global Seabird Programme of BirdLife International with the aim of improving knowledge and conservation status of one of the most threatened and least known groups of seabirds. Thus:
- 3 out of 4 Pseudobulweria are Critically Endangered, the other is Near Threatened.
- In Pterodroma, of 32 species, 4 species are Critically Endangered, 7 Endangered, 10 Vulnerable, 4 Near Threatened; only 7 are Least Concern.
- A few species have substantial active conservation programmes; many species have little or no effective action at the present time.
- At sea distributions, and the foraging ecology of many species are unknown
- Improve conservation status through better knowledge and associated practical action
- Improve estimates of population size and trends
- Determine success of existing management measures at IBAs for these species
- Identify conservation priorities (especially those of a collaborative nature and relevant to multiple taxa) and develop appropriate fundraising proposals
- Improve knowledge of at sea distribution
- Improve Identification/Taxonomy