In 2021, the Farallon Islands Foundation provided a grant to Birds Caribbean to survey and relocate birds to a protected area during and after the 2021 volcanic eruptions of the La Soufriére Volcano.
The volcano, which began erupting on April 9, 2021, resulted in falling rocks, pyroclastic flows, and heavy ashfall across the mountainous island nation of St. Vincent — home to the Threatened St. Vincent Parrot and Endangered Whistling Warbler. The impacts of the volcano damaged habitat and made it difficult for these species to find food, water, and shelter.
A $7,000 grant from the Farallon Islands Foundation contributed to relief efforts that included relocating endangered birds to a protected area at the Botanical Gardens in St. Vincent, which was set up as a rehab and breeding facility. Funds contributed to aviary building supplies, survey equipment, parrot feed, veterinary supplies, and surveys to assess the impacts of the volcano on the St. Vincent Parrot, Whistling Warbler, and their habitat.
- Year of grant: 2021
- Amount: $7,000
- Grantee: Birds Caribbean
Photo caption: St. Vincent’s parrot in the rehabilitation and breeding centre in the Botanical Gardens, Kingstown, on the island of Saint Vincent. Credit: Chennette, Creative Commons image.