Our Environmental Stewardship Pays Off
For the first time since the 1600s, Bermuda's cahow population has topped 100 pairs.
Abundant when Bermuda was first discovered, the ground burrowing Cahow was quickly decimated by introduced predators such as rats, pigs, dogs and cats, and hunting by the early settlers. For the last 50 years the Cahow Recovery Program has been one of Bermuda’s priority protected species projects. Now managed by the Terrestrial Conservation Section of the Department of Conservation Services the team works hard to control predators, build artificial nest burrows, and carry out research to better understand the Cahow and enable it to recover. With this assistance the Cahow continues to move towards becoming a self sustaining population. Last year the Cahow increased to 98 nesting pairs producing a record 56 fledged chicks. The 100 nesting pair mark was met this year illustrating that the species continues to move from strength to strength.
Minister Michael Weeks:
This achievement is a fitting milestone to celebrate Bermuda’s 400th anniversary of colonization. I offer my congratulations to all those who have dedicated their lives to protecting the Cahow ensuring it not only survives, but thrives.
Ours is a government that has invested in protection of the environment. And, our work is paying off. There are more national parks than ever before. The Sargasso Sea is being protected. And, The cahows are coming back.