Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust Report: 2015
Environmental Education & Public Awareness: Climate Change:
Over the past 3 years the Trust has successfully completed several projects based on the effects of global climate change especially as it affects and will affect Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean. These included both “in-house” programmes that is schools and community groups coming to the Trust and implementing “hands-on” projects on this subject, as well as “outreach” programmes which encompass dialogue, audio-visual presentations in schools and in communities.
In 2012 & 2013, the Trust succeeded in replacing 2 species of Trinidad & Tobago’s endangered waterfowl, White-faced whistling Tree ducks (Dendrocygna viduata) and White-cheeked pintails (Anas Bahamensis) which were donated by and came from Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Centre in North Carolina, U.S.A. & from Mr. Pierreco Eyma, Aviornis (an International waterfowl breeding centre) in the Netherlands.
After a great deal of anticipation and preparation at the Trust, we are now delighted to report that we have had successful breeding and nesting and the start of a good flock of young White- faced whistling ducks and White-cheeked pintails.
The Trust has continued to successfully breed and release into the wild black- bellied whistling tree ducks (Dendrocygna autumnalis) and another endangered waterfowl species of Trinidad & Tobago, the pure-bred, Wild Muscovy ducks (Cairina moschata).
The last releases of Wild Muscovy ducks was in 2014.
Total waterfowl releases from 1968 to 2014:
Black-bellied whistling tree ducks: 1968-2014: 1,560
Wild Muscovy Ducks: 1985-2014: 8,656
Fulvous Tree Ducks: 1985- 2014: 695
White-faced whistling tree ducks: 1988-1998: 62
White-cheeked pintails: 1982-2002: 142