Easter Cahow Chicks

Easter Cahow chicks, the result of a record breaking nesting season from Translocation Colony A on Nonsuch Island in Bermuda. This season 10 chicks have hatched on Nonsuch out of a total of 58 confirmed hatchings throughout the colony.

Hello World! Cahow chick hatches with several hundred CahowCam viewers watching.

Hello, World!

March 6th 2016 1:08 am

Its a .............chick!  
After a very long hatching period, (The first stage of hatching, "dimpling" cracks of the eggshell as the chick started to crack its way out, was first noted at 9.00am on Thursday March 3rd), another Cahow, one of the world's rarest seabirds, entered the world at 1.08am Sunday morning march 6th.
The chick, still wet at this point from having just emerged from within the eggshell, will be brooded and occasionally preened gently by the female bird, and in about 4 hours should have dried out and assumed its familiar "grey puffball" appearance.
It is still not completely safe, as a very small percentage of chicks become so exhausted by the hatching process that they succumb within the first hours after entering the world. However, this chick appears to have plenty of energy and so things look very good at this point.
Incidentally, this chick makes the 23rd that I have confirmed having hatched so far in total on all 5 of the tiny nesting colonies by Saturday evening, including the 4th on Nonsuch.
Thanks to everyone that has shown interest and checked in during this long, long process!
All the best, Jeremy
Jeremy Madeiros, Senior Conservation Officer (Terrestrial) , Dept. Of Conservation Services, BERMUDA

A big Thank You to Jeremy from the Nonsuch Expeditions Team!

This year the hatching event was streamed in real time to the world* and recorded in HD!  This was all made possible by the Department of Conservations Services, Solar Power from Ascendant and Internet Access from Logic with Wireless support from Compass Networks. The CahowCam cameras and infrared lighting were custom built by LookBermuda | LookFilms for The Nonsuch Expeditions and will be made available to similar conservation projects around the world.

*Over the past 7 days there have been 6,000 unique views totaling 100,000 minutes of streaming video.

To follow the growth of the chick until it fledges in June, please visit and bookmark the CahowCam page: http://www.nonsuchisland.com/live-cahow-cam/

If you are an Educator please contact us for special materials and broadcast schedule for upcoming weekly LiveStream events.

Cahow Chick Hatching ! Watch Live Now on CahowCam

UPDATE: March 6th 1:08 AM Chick has hatched!!!

The Cahow egg in the CahowCam burrow Is hatching, tune in now to see it live on the CahowCam

See: http://www.nonsuchisland.com/live-cahow-cam/

The egg is in burrow #831 on Nonsuch Island in Bermuda, from which the CahowCam has been broadcasting LIVE for the past 3 nesting seasons.

When Senior Conservation Officer Jeremy Madeiros conducted a health check at 10 am this morning the egg had dimples facing outwards which usually indicates a chick starting to push its way out (as opposed to inward facing dimples indicating a damaged / failed egg). Although this is a few days earlier than initially projected it is hoped that this is the beginning of the hatching process that can take up to 48 hrs.

UPDATE: As of 8:30 pm Atlantic time on the evening of March 3rd, increased activity from the female seems to indicate that the hatching is imminent.
UPDATE: As of 3:30 AM on March 4th the egg is still intact and event is still in progress.

UPDATE: March 5th at 9:20 AM Jeremey has conformed the egg is hatching.

UPDATE: March 6th 1:08 AM Chick hatched!

Witness this rarely seen occurrence on the CahowCamhttp://www.nonsuchisland.com/live-cahow-cam/:
 The LiveStream and replays can be seen here.

2016 Nonsuch Island Expeditions Airport Art Installations

UPDATE July 2016: The stunning photography produced during the recent round of Biodiversity Photography is now available for Patron Sponsorship and subsequent installation throughout the Airport.
These installations will greatly enhance the Terminal in the lead up to the Americas Cup and will expand upon existing installations that have recently been added to the Bermuda Immigration Hall featuring stunning aluminum prints and flat black wall backgrounds. This exhibit has also been extended into the Cedar Aviation private air terminal: Read More

This program would not be possible without the support of our Print Patrons.
Please Contact Us regarding our Print Patron Program that supports our ongoing Educational Outreach and Research / Conservation focused Expeditions.
The Patron also receives a  "1 of 1 Patron copy" of their selected image and their name alongside a second copy in the Airport.

January 2016: The cancellation of most flights over this past weekend due to the blizzard on the east coast gave us the time to do a large AirportArt installation in the Bermuda Immigration arrivals hall. We created a flat black backdrop for the stunning new Aluminum prints which looks amazing!

The new black backgrounds have proven so popular that we have now extended them to all of our installations on the arrivals side of the terminal.

2016 CahowCam Broadcast begins with never before seen courtship Rituals


The 2016 Cahow Nesting Season is about to begin and is once again being broadcast Live by the award winning CahowCam!

For the first time ever, over the past few weeks, viewers around the world had the opportunity to watch the never before seen underground courtship behaviors of the Cahows, which if all goes well, will culminate in the laying of a single egg in the beginning of January for the official start of the Season, when the stream will go live once again.

The following report was written by: Jeremy MadeirosSenior Terrestrial Conservation OfficerCahow Recovery Project ManagerDepartment of Conservation Services

The "CahowCam" installed in an active  Bermuda petrel, or Cahow, nest burrow on Nonsuch Island over the last three years has been very successful so far on two counts:

a) allowing researchers to document previously unknown, or unproven, aspects of behavior and breeding biology; this includes incubation of the  egg by the adult Cahows, the hatching of a Cahow chick (the first time that this  has ever been captured on video or camera), feeding of the chick by the adults, and behavior of the chick as it grows in the burrow.

b) increasing public outreach and knowledge by live-streaming infra-red video of the behavior and growth of the chick on a website that anyone can connect to over the internet.

So far, though, there is one important part of the breeding calendar of the Cahow that has not been seen from the unique vantage point of the Cahow-cam,and that is the return and  courtship phase of the adult Cahows, when they first arrive back at the nesting colony after spending more than 5 months living on the open ocean.

The Cahow is a pelagic seabird, meaning that it spends its entire adult life living on the open ocean, usually well out of sight of land, feeding on squid, fish and shrimp-like organisms. Pelagic seabirds, in fact, do notreally need land for anything  except as a place to lay their eggs and raise their chicks, usually on isolated, predator-free islands. Geolocator tags fitted to the legs of a number of adult Cahows from  2009 to 2011 revealed that they usually spend the non-breeding months (June to October) either 2500 miles northeast of Bermuda,  near the Azores Islands, or in the area between North Carolina and Nova Scotia. It also revealed that the male and female birds are usually separated by thousands of miles during this time, and probably never see each other except at the breeding colony. Since it is virtually impossible to see normally what is happening inside the deep, pitch-dark nest burrows that the Cahow nests in, the Cahow-cam affords a unique opportunity to unravel this chapter in the life of Bermuda's unique, and critically endangered,National Bird.

For 2015,the CahowCam has been set up in a Cahow burrow on the Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve at the very beginning of the nesting season,and we hope to observe, for the first time, some of the following activity:

- The first return of the adult Cahows; how do they react after not seeing each other for five months?
- Courtship,bonding and mating behavior between the adults;
- Nest-building activity and behavior, and whether it is carried out by one or both birds;
- Any new,or previously undocumented behavior.

This period will last up to early December,when both adults usually start  the "exodus" period, returning to sea for 4 to 5 weeks to feed intensively, for the female to develop the egg growing in her,and the male to pack on fat deposits so that he can take on the majority of the egg incubation duties, sometimes going for two weeks or more without food during the lengthy 53-day incubation period until the chick hatches.

The next time we will see the adults is in the New Year, when they return in early January to lay their single large egg and begin the incubation period.

For highlights of the most recent 2015 Nesting Season visit this page.

Juvenile Loggerhead Turtle with companion Pilot Fish

One year old Loggerhead Turtle filmed with companion Pilot Fish in perfect Bermuda waters. Most likely hatched on the east coast of the US it is had spent the past year in the Sargasso Sea and on this day was passing Bermuda.

Filmed by J-P Rouja for LookBermuda | LookFilms, original footage is in 3D.

$3,000 reward for catching Parrotfish Poacher!

As a follow-up to the illegal poaching of 41 Parrotfish: (and a reminder that there is also a $5,000 fine for landing on Nonsuch Island without authorization): Nonsuch Expeditions supporters added $1000 to the Bermuda National Trust reward increasing it to $3000, for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the person who killed the 41 parrotfish on 1 July 2015 in the vicinity of Cooper’s Island: 

CahowCam Team pays homage to ChickenCam

In the same Maker spirit that the LookBermuda and LookFilms Team design and build custom gear to solve real world film-making challenges, (such as our award winning CahowCam), we would like to introduce you to the like-minded ChickenCam project.

Couldn't resist :) If you would like to learn more about our award winning CahowCam project, which is part of the ongoing Nonsuch Island Expeditions and companion AirportArt showcase please look around the site or signup for our Newsletter.

If you really like the above you may also like this research that it was based on ;)