What’s New at JVDPS? Spring 2014 update
Thanks for checking in to see us on the web.
We hope you’ll take the time to browse our pages. We are very excited about some of the following:
Magnificent Frigatebird Conservation work. You can now visit http://www.atlanticseabirds.org/mafr-maps/ to see the “where are they now” map of our 3 satellite-tagged Magnificent Frigatebirds, Atoya, Boyd & Clive! Many thanks to project partners: National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands, BVI Conservation & Fisheries Department, the University of Liverpool, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds who are all involved in our larger 2-year movement study of Virgin Islands seabirds utilising GPS technology funded by the UK’s Darwin Plus Initiative. A BIG thank you also goes out to the South Carolina Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit at Clemson University (Dr. Patrick Jodice) and the Avian Research & Conservation Institute (Dr. Ken Meyers) who were the two partners for the satellite tracking work, as well as the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s UK Overseas Territory Project Fund administered through the office of the Governor of the BVI (Hon. Boyd Mc Cleary) for helping to cover data costs for the satellite tags for the first year of their deployment.
Sloop Endeavour II: Was hauled in March at Nanny Cay to undergo out-of-water inspection with the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, which she sailed through with flying colours. We’ve started to bring the sloop online and have started youth education activities and day sail charters will be available soon for visitors — proceeds of which go to supporting the upkeep of the vessel and our youth education programmes.
Summer 2014 Programmes: We look forward to moving our Youth SCUBA programme on-board Endeavour II this summer, with Lorraine Callwood as our lead SCUBA instructor.