The Non Such Expeditions

Documentary / Conservation Project

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Cameras put endangered national bird on global stage.

"LookBermuda’s award-winning Nonsuch Expeditions CahowCam has broadcast from the underground nesting chambers of the second rarest seabird on the planet: the critically endangered, endemic, Bermuda Petrel or “Cahow”."

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

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.

After several years of research and planning the CahowCam Project has been launched!

This is a public-private venture between the Department of Conservation Services, Ascendant Group, LookBermuda | LookFilms and Logic Communications bringing together the best in local 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 our custom built "Cahow Cams" in the nesting burrows.

“This year we left the camera running after the chick had fledged on June 5th to see what happens immediately after the burrow is abandoned, and sure enough as happened last year within an hour a land crab made its way into the burrow to start feeding on the nesting materials.”
J-P Rouja - Filmmaker

This feature documentary is in production status.

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