I haven’t posted all that many photos from our time in Turks and Caicos, in part because I was worried about my friends on the islands as Hurricanes Irma and then Maria rolled through. Luckily the team stayed safe through both storms. Unfortunately, the damage and time delay from the storms means that the eradication efforts are going to have to be put on hold for a year.
Before the eradication was postponed I put together this little video. I held off posting it when the project future was in limbo but it seems a waste not to share it. We will be continuing this work and returning as soon as we can to look at the Anoles of Pine Cay following removal of the rats. It’s just going to be a slightly longer timeline than originally planned.
Hope you enjoy the footage. Remember to watch on “HD.”
Frequent visitors to the blog will remember my Redonda adventure earlier this year. If you want to catch up, here are a few posts about my trip to Antigua and Barbuda, and from there to the remote island of Redonda. My goal was to collect baseline data so I could figure out how three endemic lizards adapt following a rat extermination effort.
The group responsible for the rat eradication is at it again, this time in Turks and Caicos. Next week, I’m headed to Pine Cay to see how lizards, specifically Anolis scriptus, will change following the eradication.
I don’t have pictures to share just yet, but here’s a map of the destination:
(by the way, who could possibly give this place a one-star review?!)