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EAG NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS
Tuesday 6th November 2012

EAG Monthly Meeting: Presentation on Rats on Islands: Friday November 9, 2012
The offshore islands of Antigua and Barbuda are considered to be the last refuge for much of our endemic and endangered wildlife.  Presently, some of these offshore islands are plagued by alien invasive plants and animals, which negatively affect the state of our native wildlife.  The EAG November Monthly meeting will be held on Friday, 9th November, 2012.  Elizabeth (Biz) Bell will be making a brief presentation on the importance of islands and their biodiversity, as well as the effects of invasive rats on this biodiversity.  The presentation will be made in the Upstairs Gallery of the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda starting at 6pm.   A more detailed workshop on the same subject will be given on the following day.  All are invited to attend the workshop as well.
 
EAG WORKSHOP: Rats on IslandsSaturday, November 10, 2012
Rats on islands: their biology, behaviour, impacts and options for control
Elizabeth (Biz) Bell Wildlife Management International Ltd (WMIL), PO Box 45, Spring Creek, Marlborough 7244, New Zealand, biz@wmil.co.nz
 
Elizabeth (Biz) Bell, Senior Ecologist from Wildlife Management International Ltd, is presenting a workshop on rats, their biology, behaviour and their impacts on islands in Antigua and around the world. Biz has over 20 years’ experience in studying and eradicating invasive mammals on islands. She has directed major eradications in Europe, Pacific, Atlantic and the Caribbean. She has a wide range of knowledge on the biology and behaviour of rats. Biz is going to share her knowledge in monitoring rodent sign; assessing rodent population levels; surveying rodent home and foraging ranges; live and kill trapping; necropsy of rodents (including stomach content analysis); control and eradication operations and biosecurity and rodent detection.
 
The workshop is free of cost, and will run from 9 am – 3 pm in the Upstairs Gallery of the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda.  The morning session will focus on theory, and the afternoon session will focus on the practical aspect of rodent control/eradication.
 
Please call the EAG office at 462-6236 or email us at eagantigua@gmail.com to register.  Deadline for registration is Friday, 8th November at 12:00 pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. 
 
Caribbean Waterbird Census Training Workshop:
Wednesday November 21, Saturday November 24, Sunday November 25, 2012
 
In collaboration with the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, the Environmental Awareness Group will be hosting a training session for those wishing to participate in the Caribbean Waterbird Census. The census is a region wide effort to employ scientific methods in the counting of birds and assessments of their habitats and aims to target ordinary citizens who have an interest in their local biodiversity. The goal of the Caribbean Waterbird Census program is to learn more about the distribution, status, and abundance of waterbirds in the Caribbean to improve our conservation planning and management of these beautiful birds and their habitats.

The training will consist of a classroom session on Wednesday 21st November 2012 at 5pm upstairs the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda on Long Street. There will be follow-up sessions in the field on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November at the McKinnon’s Pond. Attendance at the meeting is not a prerequisite for attending the practice sessions.

All members are invited to attend.
Persons who wish to take part in this effort may register by calling 728-7956 or 462-6236 or emailing andreasheres@gmail.com by Monday 19th November 2012.
 
 
EAG Hike:  Seaforth: Sunday November  25, 2012
 
This month’s activity will be an invigorating and scenic hike in the Seaforth area on Sunday 25th November.  More details to come in a subsequent email.
 
 
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Don’t forget to read our weekly articles in the Daily Observer every Thursday.  Stay up-to-date with environmental issues being tackled in our country and region.


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