Gongon Petrel LiveCam
What can we explain about the species of the Gongon Petrel Livecam project?
Cape Verde petrel also locally known as Gongon or Bior (this last one only in Santo Antão island) is an endemic seabird species from Cabo Verde, of which population has severely decreased in the last century. Despite of being an emblematic species in Cabo Verde, little is known about it, due to its secretive behaviour of coming to land only at night and because it breeds in hidden burrows in rocky areas difficult to access of Santo Antão, Fogo, São Nicolau and Santiago islands. Nests are also located in areas used by rural communities, so these seabirds are highly exposed to several on-land threats, such as cat and rat predation, human harvesting, loss of habitat and light pollution. Moreover, they can be susceptible to offshore threats, such as by-catch, habitat disturbance and marine pollution.
Further conservation steps for this species
Gongon Petrel Livecam Project’s aim is to give to everyone and specially to the local communities of Cabo Verde a glimpse into the life of this endemic and emblematic species. This project is part of the activity plan of the conservation project “Promoting the conservation of seabirds in Cabo Verde”, funded by MAVA Foundation and coordinated by Birdlife International. Through the Gongon Petrel Livecam, it is possible to watch on live the daily life of a Gongon chick and follow it as it grows up until it leaves the nest. The nest is live streaming around the clock, from one of the current active nests in Fogo Natural Park.