Save the Devil

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Save the Devil

Save the DevilSave the Devil is a documentary that shares the story of two families fighting for life. One is a family of Haitian farmers struggling daily to feed their children. And one is a family of birds on the brink of extinction living in one of the last places on earth they can hide. The bird is the Black-capped Petrel, or Diablotin as it is locally known in Haiti, which translates to the “little devil.” Click here to read more and to watch the trailer.
Black-capped Petrel. Glen Tepke, Arkive.

Black-capped Petrel. Glen Tepke, Arkive.

Diablotin was the name given to the black-capped petrel by the Caribbean islanders whose nights were commonly punctuated by the eerie calls of this now rare bird. 

The film team working on this documentary accompanied biologists and conservation partners in the field and accumulated masses of footage and interviews. Our knowledge of the Black-capped Petrel continues to grow by leaps and bounds thanks to another productive field season in Hispaniola by the International Black-capped Petrel Conservation Group of BirdsCaribbean. Research highlights include continued use of radar to examine flight corridors, deployment of song meters, and deployment of three satellite tags on provisioning adults, along with continued use of nest cameras, and nest site assessments.  Hugely important too is new information on threats, from human encroachment, fires and collisions.  A fuller update with details is on the way.

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