Portraits of Resilience

A critically endangered species

Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher’s Fight With Climate Change
 

My island La Digue is the fourth largest island in Seychelles and it is the home for the endemic Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher known locally as Vev. My island is very beautiful and many tourists travel to my island paradise to see lovely white beaches, bike, enjoy a nice ride in the oxcart but more specially to see the endemic fl ycatchers. The male is all black and has a long tail and the female has a brown chestnut upper part, creamy white under parts and the head is black. My mum works at the Veuve Reserve and she is a bird expert.

It can be certain that climate change will limit the size of most bird population, including the fl ycatchers. Over the years the weather patterns have changed and the dry season is longer and persists for many months. All the marshes and wetlands dry up completely and there are no water resources available for the fl ycatchers to drink and bathe. The fl ycatchers depend a lot on freshwater marshes because they provide almost all feeding and nest sites.

The woodland forest of the Takamaka and Badamier trees are all dried up and this affects the fl ycatcher’s natural habitat and behavior. This affects their diet because there are fewer insects to eat and that makes their life very diffi cult. During this time my mum says that their breeding season is very low and there are very few nests around. The fl ycatchers are experiencing weather changes. It is very hard for them and it is becoming hotter for the birds around the months of June to September. To help the birds a school club of 25 children, the “Friends of Flycatcher” (FOF) , installed water baths around the community of La Digue. This is to ensure that our endemic fl ycatchers get water and will enjoy a good life despite the long and extended drought.
I am a proud member of the Friends of the Flycatcher club because I am passionate about the birds.  I do activities to help protect the fl ycatcher, which is listed as a critically endangered species. The fl ycatchers’ home will always be on my little island of La Digue.

—  Salim Albert

Lalit Bann Vev Kont Sanzman Klima

Mon zil ladig katriyenm pli gran zil dan lasipel sesel, e i osi labita pour nou zwazo andemik vev. Mon zil i tre zoli, e pou bokou viziter, en letour lo mon zil paradi i en sans pour vwar bann zoli lans, mont bisiklet, pas en letan dan saret me pli spesyal se pou vwar vev. Son mal i tou nwar ek en gran lake nwanr, e san femel i annan en bout gri lo son lestoman e son bout anba i blan. Son latet i nwanr. Mon manman i travay dan rezerv vev e I en eksper lo zwazo.

San okenn lenpakt imen, I serten ki sanzman klima pe fer ki grander popilasyon bann zwazo enkli vev, pe diminyen. Pandan bann lannen kin pase paten klima in sanze, e nou letan sek I pli long ki avan e I persiste pou plis mwan.tou bann lanmar I sek konpletman. E alor napa okenn sors delo pou bann vev bwar e bennyen. Bann vev depan bokou lo bann sours delo dou akoz donn zot bann landwar nourir e osi fer zot nik.
Bann fore takamaka ek bodanmyen I vin sek, e sa in afekte labita bann vev. I osi zot fason viv. Sa I afekte zot ladyet akoz I annan mwnes zensek pou zot nouri lo la, e I fer lit re difi sil pou zot ganny manze. Mon manman I dir mwan ki pandan bann moman koumsa, reprodiksyon I vreman ba, e I annan bokou mwens nik ki labitid. Bann vev osi pe soufer avek sanzman kilma, e I bokou pli so pour zot pandan mwan Zen ziska Septanm. Pou ed sa bann vev, en klib lekol in ganny formen. Sa klib “friends of Flycatcher” oubyen “zanmi bann vev” ki konpri 25 manm, in enstal bann basen enpe partou lo ladig. Ladan bann vev I ganny delo pou bwar e osi bennyen, sirtou pandan nou bann long period lasesres.

Mwan, mon en manm tre fyer sa klib akoz mon pasyonnen avek bann zwazo e mon pe fer bann aktivite kip e ede prezerv e protez vev kin ganny liste konman en lespes ki kritikman an danze. Avek mon led labita bann vev pou touzour lo mon pti zil ladig.

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