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More than one hundred Cory's shearwaters have been rescued so far during the Cabildo's protection campaign
December 2022

More than one hundred Cory's shearwaters have been rescued so far during the Cabildo's protection campaign

Around 170 Cory's shearwaters have been rescued and released, up until now, by the Council for Environmental Sustainability of Fuerteventura's Cabildo, for the current 2022 protection campaign of the Cory's shearwater (Calonectris diomedea borealis). Those specimens were rescued thanks to the collaboration of the population and the institutions, mostly in the north of the island. The protection campaign of the Cory's Shearwater takes place every year between September and the end of November. Those are the most critical months for the species as this is when the chicks make their first flight from the nest. That first flight normally takes place at night, and they tend to be attracted by light sources, making them collide with various types of structures. Even if they are not visibly injured, they are unable to fly away again on their own and need help. When calling 112 to report the discovery of a bird, it is essential to provide as much information as possible about the exact location and the circumstances of the discovery. This information is very useful for the management of the rescue of the Cory's shearwaters, the treatment of the data, and to release them in a safe area close to where the birds came from. The Cory's shearwater is a large marine bird that can measure up to 50 centimetres from head to tail. It lives at sea and only comes back on land to bread. Its beak is yellow with a black tip, its dorsal feathers are grey or brown, and the underbelly feathers are white.

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