Discovery of Gould's petrel chick on Broughton Island a sign of hope for threatened seabird

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After a long-term conservation project starting with the removal of pests on an island more than 10 years ago, there's now evidence threatened Gould's petrels are breeding.

NPWS ranger Susanne Callaghan was among those who recently discovered the chick in one of the island's specially-installed nest boxes.

"So essentially two adults have done the deed in one of our artificial nest boxes, which is really fabulous, they have incubated the egg adequately and we've had a chick hatch on the island," Ms Callaghan said.Speakers help lure seabirds to pest-free island The work started in 2009 when the NPWS eradicated all the vertebrate pests off the island including house mice, rats, and rabbits.

"They were having a huge impact on the ecology of the island and particularly seabird habitat and their ability to breed," Ms Callaghan said. "In the 10 years since, the island has been recovering. Seabird habitat has been slowly expanding and the vegetation changing."

 

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