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17
October
2013

There's a crab in the kitchen what am I gonna do?

Liam, a volunteer on Cousin describes life on the island

Liam Cousin

I've been on Cousin Island for a week now and I'm completely in awe of it. It is awesome. I never use the word awesome, because the ubiquitous use of it has completely belittled its purpose and made it really annoying. There's no point saying something is awesome when you're talking about a frozen pizza. In this instance though, I reckon the word is justified.

Categories: Volunteering, Nature People, Wildlife

07
October
2013

Turtle season commences

Turtle monitoring

Come September island managers and conservationists all over the Seychelles begin to prepare for the exciting onslaught of the Hawksbill turtle-nesting season. The females start to emerge in September, but nesting begins in earnest in October with a peak throughout November and December. The nesting decreases throughout January and February with the last nest usually recorded early March.

Categories: Conservation, Research, Volunteering, Nature People, Wildlife

17
September
2013

A beautiful poem about Cousin Island

by Conservation volunteer Elizabeth Procter

take-me-to-cousin

Take me to that windswept porch,
Where birds dance through the waves.
Where sun bursts through the crisp white clouds,
And peace fills up the days.

Categories: Nature People

01
August
2013

Hostile takeover...The Story of a Magpie-Robin King

T5

On the 3rd of July 2013 a war was waged in the forest of Cousin on the border of Territory 5 by the water source. Many a battle has been fought for water and this was a fight to the death...

Leading the cavalry for T3B was Dominant male Red-Orange whilst defending T5 was the war veteran Orange-ShockPink. After a violent battle the younger commander gained victory and although Orange Shockpink fought bravely he was mortally wounded and died shortly after battle ceased.

Categories: Birds, Nature People

29
July
2013

Just Back from Paradise - Part 3

A volunteer writes about her Cousin experience

Sally Fisher spent a month volunteering on Cousin Island in April 2013. We continue with part two of this three part blog post where she shares about work, wildlife and island life...

trip to praslin

Trip to Praslin

In the afternoon, we head to Praslin for supplies. Despite the heat and sunshine, the wind is up and the sea is choppy today.The boat bounces over the incoming waves. I concentrate on the sea, anticipate a big drop and relax my mouth so my upper and lower jaws don’t crash together. The boat hits the sea like fibreglass on concrete. We rise on the next huge wave, smashing into the dip beyond and I feel my brain hitting the sides of my skull.

Categories: Volunteering

25
July
2013

BACK FROM PARADISE - Part 2

A volunteer writes about her Cousin experience

Sally Fisher spent a month volunteering on Cousin Island in April 2013. We continue with part two of this three part blog post where she shares about work, wildlife and island life...

wardens push boat

Arrival of the Tourists

We head back to base. It’s coming up to 9.30am, when my job is to welcome tourists to the island. The experience for tourists starts at sea, as catamarans, speed boats and sailing boats gather off the shore of Cousin.

The Wardens are lounging around in hammocks, texting girlfriends and chattering amongst themselves waiting for the morning’s work to begin. They head to the beach.

Categories: Volunteering, Nature People

12
July
2013

Back from Paradise

A volunteer writes about her Cousin experience

sally-fisher

Sally Fisher spent a month volunteering on Cousin Island in April 2013. In this three part blog post she shares about work, wildlife and island life...

Sunrise

It’s time to wake up for the six o’clock shot. I’ve quickly learnt that this half hour of exquisite skies before the sun peaks out over Praslin is the best time of day; a cool, tranquil time to enjoy a cup of tea. I am a new fan of mornings! I’ve copied an idea of a friend of mine to take a photo at exactly the same time, same place each day.  The resulting “Sunrise Over Praslin” series will soon become a stunning memory of my month in paradise.

Categories: Birds, Volunteering, Nature People, Wildlife

26
June
2013

Ring-Around-A-Magpie

rings

“Just another day in the office”, I think to myself as I sit crouched under some low ferns, brushing termites and dirt from my hands, whistling a simple bird call, slapping mosquitoes, and sipping from my water bottle to beat the heat. I gently grip the end of a long, thin, “transparent” piece of fishing line in my fingers while I peak through a slight gap in the dense fern cover at my partner who is similarly positioned about 10 meters away. His hand is all that is visible to me while I sit hidden from view of a small spring trap. When his hand gives the signal, I pull with all my might and hope that the little piece of wood propping open the trap comes out swiftly and triggers the spring. I can’t help but think this all feels vaguely reminiscent of an old trick my grandfather used to play on us kiddies at family gatherings during the summer.

Categories: Research, Birds

25
June
2013

Looking for the snooze button....

wake up call

I’m rudely awakened by what appears to be thunder overhead.  It’s still pretty dark so I’m guessing it’s before 0600.  In my sleepy state, I link the crashing sound overhead with the alarm on my phone and reach for the snooze button...maybe just another 10 minutes.  As my eyes adjust, I see from my phone that it’s 0545, 15 minutes before my usual alarm. I realise that we could be in for a day of rough weather – not what you need when you have up to a hundred eager holidaymakers arriving in a few hours to gorge themselves on the abundance of nature that has squeezed itself into every nook and cranny and branch and flat surface on Cousin Island.

Categories: Birds, Nature People

17
May
2013

Conservation has everything to do with roofing!

Loading of roofing material

"No job too tough," said the slogan on the truck parked at the Grand Anse pier on Praslin delivering goods bound for Cousin Island Special Reserve. It perfectly summed up the mood of the people transferring goods from the truck to a dingy that cloudy Monday morning.

You might wonder why a conservation organisation is telling you about construction material. But this un-interesting side (for some) of running a nature reserve has a lot to do with conservation, sustainability and the environment.

Categories: Nature People, Infrastructure

16
May
2013

Ambitious marine monitoring bags 100 surveys

marine_monitoring

This past week the Nature Seychelles staff of Cousin Island were hard at work completing an ambitious marine monitoring project. We began the week by acknowledging that the plan we set out would take a solid team effort to achieve. Everyone based on Cousin was involved, providing boat skipping, diving, and support, as well as the Reef Rescuer team based on Praslin, who supplied necessary equipment. The team entered this week of bi-annual reef monitoring with excitement to get underwater and determination to complete the data collection in the allocated period. It proved to be a successful week as five divers jumped right into the work with enthusiasm. The island’s science officer along with two marine research assistants and two of the Cousin Island wardens completed over 100 surveys at three different sites around Cousin island in just six dives!

Categories: Marine

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