The Nonsuch Expeditions

Documentary / Conservation Project

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Cameras put endangered national bird on global stage.

"The Nonsuch Expeditions is using Nonsuch Island as a lens through which to showcase Bermuda’s biodiversity to the World."

The Nonsuch Expeditions is using Nonsuch Island as a lens through which to showcase Bermuda’s biodiversity to the World.

A signature part of this effort: LookBermuda’s award-winning Nonsuch Expeditions “ CahowCam" broadcasts from the underground nesting chambers of the second rarest seabird on the planet: the critically endangered, endemic, Bermuda Petrel or “Cahow”

History: The Cahow Recovery Project is a long-term management, research and recovery program aimed at reducing threats to the National Bird of Bermuda, the Cahow or Bermuda petrel (Pterodroma cahow).

Based upon the world renowned Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve, one of the first examples of an eco-system that has been restored to pre-colonization conditions, it also aims to promote the recovery of this endemic species, which is now one of the rarest seabirds on Earth and is completely unique to the island.

The Cahow, once thought to have numbered more than half a million birds, was catastrophically affected by the arrival of humans on the island in the early 1600s and by introduced mammal predators such as rats, cats, dogs and pigs.

In less than 20 years of settlement, the Cahow declined to the point where it was thought extinct, a belief that persisted until the rediscovery of 18 remaining nesting pairs on four tiny offshore islets in the 1950’s

After several years of research and planning the CahowCam Project dedicated to showcasing and assisting with the project was launched!

This is a public-private venture between the Department of Conservation Services, LookBermuda | LookFilms and more recently the Cornell Lab of Ornithology bringing together the best in local and international expertise and cutting edge technologies to showcase this unique natural resource.

This project recognizes the difficulty of getting the public to Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve due to its isolation and brings the best of it to the general public, schools and scientists via the Internet.

Building upon the groundwork put in place by David Wingate, LookBermuda | LookFilms work with Jeremey Madeiros and his Conservation Services team to install the custom built "CahowCams" in the nesting burrows as part of a successful translocation process..

“We are now in our 8th year Live Streaming to students and viewers around the World and over the past 2 years thanks in part to our new collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology over 15 million minutes of footage has been watched by our followers.

This project uses, showcases and where needed develops technology to solve conservation challenges.

In parallel it uses high quality media, including this film, to assist with global outreach and education..”
J-P Rouja - Filmmaker

This feature documentary is in production status.

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