Journey on the field on the Caravelle peninsula
On August 12, 2020, agents from the Martinique Natural Park went to the Caravelle Peninsula in order to carry out the first field surveys with a view to launching campaigns to trap the predators of the White breasted thrasher and to initiate current trainees in species protection issues.
Visit of the White-Breasted Thrasher habitat © Yoann PELIS
The field visit
During the morning, two PNM officers visited the National Nature Reserve before setting off on the RNNC trail. This visit was an opportunity to highlight the actions implemented between 2010 and 2015 within the framework of LIFE + CAP DOM and those that will be deployed through LIFE BIODIV’OM in favor of the White Breasted Thrasher. The agents thus prospected the active nests of species at the hotspot, explained the predator trapping protocol which will be implemented soon on the site and presented the main plant species used for making fishing traps.
Following this, the agents and the trainees made a stop at the “fishing village” in the Bourg de Tartane in order to observe the traditional traps and to meet a fisherman. Then, discussions about the missions carried out by the PNM, the job of Environmental Guardian and the ecological corridor project were carried out at the Pointe Rouge hotspot, site of the Conservatoire du Littoral co-managed by the PNM and the ONF.
The protective actions of the White-breasted thrasher
Threatened by fragmentation and habitat loss through urbanization, agricultural activities, and harvesting of nesting wood, the species is also impacted by predation by invasive alien species such as the Black Rat and the Small Indian mongoose.
In order to face these threats, the Natural Park of Martinique will set up a participatory system for the management of predators, the “Thrasher Brigade” and will offer alternative materials for the construction of fishing traps. Finally, an ecological corridor will be created in order to increase the habitable surfaces of the species and thus reconnect more or less isolated areas.