ICS is also committed to educating our younger generation on the need to conserve and protect the fragile environment of Seychelles' islands. We strongly believe that education for sustainable development can help us achieve the former. The Department of Education has agreed to support us with our education and outreach programme. To kick-start, such an important partnership, ICS donated a total of 15oo educational and instructive books namely the Outer Islands of Seychelles, Zwazo Sesel and Aride Island to all public and private schools during an event held at Mont Fleuri primary school today.
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Each year, conservation staff working at the remote Alphonse Group, look forward to the shift in prevailing wind from south-east to north-west, which coincides with the return of migratory birds. Many species fly back from their breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere, to over-winter in the tropics. In particular, St. François Atoll is a magnet for many species of waders, including large flocks of Crab Plover, because the lagoons and mangroves are home to plentiful fish stocks and crustaceans.
In this relatively short period, the Conservation Team on Alphonse Island recorded 110 various bird species, but more migrating birds such as the Madagascar Cuckoo and Grey-tailed Tattler.
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COVID-19 pandemic leads to strengthened collaboration between the Seychelles Maritime Academy and Aride Island
The Seychelles Maritime Academy (SMA) responded to the call for assistance from the Island Conservation Society by sending more students than in previous years to assist our Conservation team with the island's scientific monitoring programs.
Two of the SMA students, namely Kiran Bhageerutty and Jean-Yves Lesperance, both working towards an Advanced Certificate in Fishery Science and Fish Technology were sent to the Aride Island Nature Reserve beginning of August 2020. They have been involved in the monitoring of the Aride's Seychelles Magpie Robin population, analysing invertebrate pitfall traps, patrolling the beach for nesting sea turtles, and cleaning up beach debris.
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