Historic Flights Aid Bahamas Shorebirds (VIDEO)

Conservian biologist and co-founder Margo Zdravkovic and LightHawk volunteer pilot Jimmy Roswell in the cabin of Roswell's Piper Super Cub. image: Roswell/LightHawk

“In our work at Conservian, we’ve done aerial surveys before, but this was the trip of a lifetime,” says conservation biologist, Margo Zdravkovic, following six days of surveying the Bahamas with LightHawk volunteer pilot Jimmy Roswell of Jupiter, Florida.

Conservian biologist and co-founder Margo Zdravkovic and LightHawk volunteer pilot Jimmy Roswell in the cabin of Roswell’s Piper Super Cub. image: Roswell/LightHawk

With Roswell at the controls of his bright yellow Piper PA-18 Super Cub seaplane and Zdravkovic photographing the coastline below, the pair completed the first comprehensive aerial surveys ever accomplished in the Bahamas to document all visible shorebird habitat and incidences of the invasive plant species casuarina pine (Casuarina equisetifolia) for each island surveyed.

The aerial images and data collected over 2,800 miles of the undulating Bahamian coastline is proving invaluable for Conservian. The information is allowing the organization to save time and resources by accurately prioritizing their actions in the Bahamas to target high-quality shorebird habitat and bypass areas that lack habitat.

Conservian biologist Margo Zdravkovic looking out at Bahamas coastline. image: Conservian/LightHawk

Zdravokovic co-founded Conservian, a non-profit that channels her passion for protecting shorebirds throughout the Western Hemisphere. Planning to survey the Bahamas, Zdravkovic had been hoping —> Read More Here

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