“If I were Bill Gates, this is where I would put my money” said Peter Ryan, Director of the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at South Africa’s University of Cape Town. The A-rated ornithologist and University Fellow presented a plenary talk entitled Seabird Conservation - a Southern Hemisphere Perspective at this month’s 27th International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
In his presentation Professor Ryan referred to the Marion Mouse Free project that aims to eradicate the introduced House Mice Mus musculus that are killing ACAP-listed albatrosses and other seabirds at South Africa’s sub-Antarctic island (click here), encouraging support for BirdLife South Africa’s “adopt a hectare” fund-raising scheme to support the initiative to get rid of the mice.
Mouse attack! A scalped Wandering Albatross chick on Marion Island, photograph by Stefan Schoombie
John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 31 August 2018