Blue Iguana Recovery Program

Salina Blues Survey – successfully completed!

Mar 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Director's Blog

Our three-week structured survey of the released Blue Iguanas in the Salina Reserve this year, has been finished ahead of schedule and exactly as planned. The weather was helpful, the team carried through valiantly, and we have a data set which should contain answers to key questions, and no doubt a few surprises too.

One surprise already was to see some very large Alsophis cantherigerus snakes in the release area – in previous years we have only seen small ones out there.  We scanned the big one shown here, worried that it may have just eaten an iguana – but we were glad not to detect any PIT tag that would have confirmed that.

Matt Goetz (Durrell Wildlie Conservation Trust) with a large Alsophis

Total number of survey walks completed – 162

Person-hours of active survey walking – 945

Total number of iguana sightings – 466

Individual iguanas identified in the survey area – 46

Pairs of boots trashed on the Salina rocks – 5

A huge thank you to the survey team – Doug Bell, Stacy Whitaker, Matt Goetz, Megan Rasmussen, Crystal Robertson, Joe Freeman and Carly Easby, who all joined me specifically to take on this task. Matt, Stacy and Joe have now headed home, Carly leaves tomorrow, Megan and Crystal leave on Sunday, while Doug stays on with us for some time now.

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