IT WAS ABOUT TIME TO START LOOKING UP
Project Aves de Noronha knows that marine life depends on birds and that seabirds depend on a balanced ocean. But few people are aware of this. And it was there that we saw a great paradox. As much as Fernando de Noronha is a very popular destination for tourism, bird watching is not explored locally. In the place with the greatest wealth of seabirds in Brazil, they are not receiving the proper spotlight.
For this, Aves de Noronha is aligned with the local receptive articulating the opening of routes and packages to attract and promote bird watching tourism. We want to put Fernando de Noronha on the national and international map of birdwatchers' routes.
This is the scenario we want to align, so that the conservation of seabirds in Fernando de Noronha is fostered by the movement of the local economy, science, communication and social engagement. We want tourism to work towards conservation and for conservation to help promote wildlife watching tourism.
Our operations on the island began in 2018, with the first funding from SOS Mata Atlântica. In 2020, new flights were taken with the support of the Naji Foundation. And in 2021, new brands and institutions will add up to make this project take off even more.
Our work is based on three pillars: Local Economy, Education and Research. During this period, we have already trained 50% of the local tourist guides to work in bird watching, we have developed recreational activities with children, we monitor and band the endangered endemic species – sebito de Noronha ( Vireo gracilirostris ) and cocoruta ( Elaenia ridleyana ) –, we produce materials and we send reports to the public authorities so that we can work together with them in the elaboration of strategies for the conservation of biodiversity.
We work so that Tourism in Fernando de Noronha is directed to promote the Conservation of the archipelago's seabirds. And that systemic Conservation actions promote Tourism, through Research, Citizen Science, Environmental Education, Professional Training and Local Economy.
To make this a reality, we are:
1) Implementing bird watching tourism in the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago;
2) Promoting training events in Bird Watching for guides and teachers;
3) Producing graphic and audiovisual material for the dissemination of knowledge and conservation about birds;
4) Carrying out scientific research that can promote conservation actions;
5) Articulating demands and actions with stakeholders and public authorities.
Mission and goals:
THE FERNANDO DE NORONHA ARCHIPELAGO
The Fernando de Noronha Archipelago is home to the greatest diversity of seabirds in the country. In all, there are more than 90 species of birds registered that use the island for rest, food and reproduction.
Some species can be seen all year round, such as the endemic sebito ( Vireo gracilirostris ) and cocoruta ( Elaenia ridleyana ), in addition to the yellow-billed rushtail ( Phaethon lepturus ) – a symbol species of the Marine National Park – the finch ( Gygis alba ), the little widow ( Anous minutus ) and the red-footed booby ( Sula sula ).
In addition to birds, the 21 islands of the archipelago are home to unique reptiles such as the mabuia ( Trachylepis atlantica ) and the amphisbaenian ( Amphisbaena ridleyi ), which can only be observed in Noronha, in addition to the green turtles ( Chelonia mydas ), hawksbill turtles ( Eretmochelys imbricata ) and several other species of sea turtles. When we talk about aquatic mammals, the first that comes to our mind are the exhibited spinner dolphins ( Stenella longirostris ), which every day approach the island in a group to rest.
Noronha has a very rich fauna and is a real stage for nature observation lovers.
Cecilia Licario Barreto Luna
Heideger Lima do Nascimento
Larissa N. Sousa Amaral
Geisiane Maiara Tenório Sobral
Patricia Pereira Serafini
Thayná Jeremias Mello
Thiago Filadelfo Miranda
Guilherme Tavares Nunes
Lisandra Maria de Lima Silva Bezerra
Gabriela de Souza Pinto Arnoso
Ian Toscano Pinheiro Ribeiro
Ruan Vieira Vaz