THANK YOU FOR HIM!
Photo: Thierry ZYSMAN
However, most of the time, they would only need a little help. Struggling to take off on their own from a flat surface, they usually regain their liberty quite easily if released by the sea.
This phenomenon affects 4 tahitian species, but most of the seabirds found aground were Tahiti Petrels.
The role of a volunteer rescuer is very simple and doesn’t take too much time.
Please download the Guide du sauveteur to know more about this action (sorry, in french for the moment).
If you would like to get involved, please call Vini SOS Pétrels au 87 222 799.
When a bird in distress is found, the population informs a member of the « rescuers network » who takes it in.
From there, the approach is the following :
Since 2012, thanks to the financial support of several sponsors, we were able to expend and improve this rescue program, organizing a number of communication campaigns. They involve communication media distributed throughout the whole island, newspaper articles, radio and TV interviews and reports. Moreover, the SOP gives numerous school-based presentations as well as general public conferences, occasionally followed by the release of rescued seabirds.
These initiatives helped constitute a network of volunteers, who have been trained in the field to handle and release seabirds.
Awereness-raising events extend to the islands of Moorea and Raiatea, dealing with the same issue.
Thanks to the communication actions and the functioning of the network of volunteers “rescuers”, hundreds of Petrels and Puffins are recovered each year by the association, treated when necessary, and then released into the natural environment. In addition, data collected during bird rescues provide valuable information on species and the impact of light pollution.
People also find and bring other seabirds to the association. It is often fledglings fallen from their nest or lost, or wounded and weakened adults. Most commonly found species are noddies, terns, frigatebirds, boobies and tropicbirds.
The SOP sincerely thanks for their financial support since 2012: the Government of French Polynesia via DIREN as well as the local businesses EDT-ENGIE and Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort Hotel (South Pacific Management group).