White-breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus sanctaeluciae)
Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 202523986
Engaging local communities in reversing the Endangered White-breasted Thrasher’s decline by restoring nesting sites and reducing invasive species impacts.
Loss and degradation of dry forest habitat combined with negative impacts of non-native predators have resulted in the decline of the Saint Lucia White-breasted Thrasher.
Addressing these threats form the objectives of our project as we focus on improving habitat quality through community-based forest restoration and reducing invasive predators during the thrasher breeding season.
The objectives of this project contribute directly towards two of the Objectives in the White-breasted Thrasher Species Action Plan (Felix et al, 2014):
Objective 1: develop a participatory habitat management plan for key thrasher sites in the Mandelé range. This framework will enable community-involved sustainable management and protection of key sites for the benefit of both the White-breasted thrasher and the community (through sustainable extraction). Activities will include (1) establishing a schools-based community nursery and (2) developing and implementing a restoration planting plan.
Objective 2: design and implement an invasive mammal control program that reduces the impact of predators on White-breasted Thrasher nesting success. Activities will include (1) implementing the control program, (2) monitoring abundance of invasive predators and thrasher nesting success using a camera trap network, and (3) analyzing camera trap images in a series of participatory exercises with schools-based Environmental Clubs.
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Project 202523986 location - Saint Lucia, North America