Our recent Circumnavigation of South Georgia expedition has returned with great news—the island may be rodent free for the first time in centuries! South Georgia pipits were flying in abundance, and several South Georgia pintails made appearances as well, both species thought to be previously near extinction. We've long assisted the South Georgia Heritage Trust, as have our guests, and this time was no different; our travelers raised $7,000 in donations to further assist the SGHT. This is a terrific discovery; thank you to all those who have donated and helped bring South Georgia closer to being rodent free!
Update | January, 2015:
We're thrilled to announce some very happy news we recently received from the South Georgia Heritage Trust:
"News just in of the discovery of the first South Georgia Pipit nest in an area cleared of rodents by the Habitat Restoration Project. The nest was spotted at Schlieper Bay on the south coast of the northwest baiting zone at Weddell Point. This area was treated in May 2013 as part of Phase 2 of the project. The nest, containing five chicks, was discovered by none other than Sally Poncet, a former member of Team Rat and expert on the wildlife of South Georgia. This thrilling news shows the rapid impact of the Habitat Restoration Project on this potentially endangered species."
Thanks again to Peter Harrison and our travelers for helping to make this project possible. Stay tuned for more updates as we receive them.
As a follow-up to our October 2012 post about Zegrahm cofounder Peter Harrison’s recognition from Princess Anne for the contributions from many Zegrahm travelers to the rat eradication project on South Georgia, we just received an exciting update from the South Georgia Heritage Trust. “Team Rat” just completed their second season of work in South Georgia and are now at home in the United Kingdom preparing for their third, and hopefully final, season of the project. Scientists estimate that once all of the rats and mice are removed from South Georgia, native birds will be saved from extinction and the island's bird population will increase by 100 million.