The Cabildo de Tenerife, through the La Tahonilla Wildlife Recovery Center, has collected, after two weeks of the campaign, more than 1,600 chickens of Cinderella shearwater (Calonectris borealis) who have fallen in their attempts to begin their flight to the ocean. In the same way, the staff of the Center has released practically the same number of birds.
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“The 2021 campaign takes 15 days, and the number of specimens recovered by the Fauna del Cabildo staff is quite high, the response of the public to the request to collaborate is being magnificent,” said the Minister of Natural Environment Management and Security, Isabel García, who pointed out that “there are still approximately another fifteen days of campaign, so we ask the population to be vigilant in case it finds an animal on the ground and to call the telephone numbers 900282228, or the center’s own telephone 922 44 57 77, so that our teams can go to collect them “.
“We know that on many occasions La Tahonilla staff do not attend immediately, this is due to the high number of calls that are being received, so we ask for patience,” said the counselor, who added that “a box is the place suitable for introducing the collected animal until the technicians come to retrieve it, which almost always takes a few hours. ”
In this sense, it is recommended to take due precautions before trying to catch a fallen specimen, taking into account the powerful beak they have and the damage they can cause. For this, the use of gloves or the use of a towel is essential. Place it in a ventilated box, in a cool place, and take it to a local police or call the indicated telephones directly so that the Wildlife Recovery Center can pick it up.
As in previous years, the municipalities in which the most specimens have been recovered are Adeje and Arona, possibly “due to the excess of lights on the coastal walks and hotels, which generate a dazzling effect and favor their fall. animals, “said Isabel García, followed by the municipalities in the south of the island.