Artificial nests will help the “shy” albatrosses breed
Environmentalists set of 120 artificial nests on the Islands, home to albatrosses Thalassarche cauta species. Scientists hope that this will help keep the number of birds.
Environmentalists set of 120 artificial nests on the Islands, home to albatrosses Thalassarche cauta species. Scientists hope that this will help keep the number of birds. About the first results of the work of environmentalists can be found on the website of the world wildlife Fund.
“Albatrosses lay one egg each year and invest a huge amount of energy in hatching and rearing Chicks. On average, about half of the attempts fails, and one of the factors is the quality of the nest”, — said the employee of the Ministry of primary industries, water and environment Tasmania, biologist Rachel Alderman.
Artificial nests from Adobe (consisting of clay soil and straw, a building material) and foam, made to resemble the real thing, environmentalists have brought to the three Islands near Tasmania, which is home to albatrosses Thalassarche cauta (English name Shy Albatross — “shy, timid albacore”).
Very birds construct nests, which can be both simple in form and complex, reminiscent of the pottery buildings.
As shown by observations of pairs with more sockets and has more chances to successfully breed.
“Our trial work is based on the simple assumption that if the ready-made nests placed in areas where nests are usually lower quality then the chances of albatrosses successfully bring the Chicks will grow,” continued the Alderman. Arriving on the island, environmentalists have noticed that many brought with them the nests are occupied.