The Grenadines archipelago in the southern Caribbean region includes more than 80 islands and cays. Deciding which sites are most important for restoration takes a community effort. This was the focus of an October 2021 meeting of the Grenadines Seabird Conservation Plan Working Group. The diverse group of local stakeholders shared personal site-specific knowledge focusing on managing non-native mammals like rats and goats. These introduced animals damage island biodiversity in many ways such as by eating the eggs and chicks of seabirds and destroying vegetation. The knowledge and experience of Working Group members are crucial for making informed decisions.
Guest speaker Shanna Challenger of Environmental Awareness Group inspired participants with her story of the dramatic recovery of Redonda Island after rats and goats were removed. EPIC’s Juliana Coffey shared data and observations about non-native mammal impacts in the Grenadines. Juliana, along with Sophia Steele of Fauna & Flora International, led breakout sessions to discuss specific island groups.
Thank you to all who contributed.