National Trust calls on soldiers to protect Wildfowl Trust
The National Trust has called on soldiers to keep the Wildfowl Trust in Pointe-à-Pierre after the theft of endangered birds last weekend.
National Trust President Margaret Mc Dowall said the theft from the Wildfowl Trust, which is on Heritage Petroleum Company lands, reflects a major breach of security at the estate.
“We call for the immediate placement of the TT Regiment on the compound, in particular around the Wildfowl Trust and other important facilities on the compound, which are also highly endangered,” she said in a statement.
As World Environment Day was celebrated, thieves took away endangered mature blue and golden macaws, tawny whistling ducklings, white-faced whistling ducks, wild musk ducklings and a white peacock, as well as ‘an incubator containing eggs.
The Wildfowl Trust, a breeding and release center for native waterfowl, has bred blue and golden macaws and released them into the wild, especially in Nariva and Aripo, two of their main habitats.
Mc Dowall said: “The National Trust would like to express its deep concern over the loss of locally endangered birds, the vile theft from the incubator and the damage to a world famous natural heritage site.”
She recalled that the National Trust registered the Pointe-à-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust as a property of protected interest in 2019, as an invaluable element of the country’s natural heritage.
With a unique location in an oil refinery, it is the second oldest wild bird trust in the world, she pointed out, and has worked hard for more than 55 years as a center of conservation, protection and rearing of locally threatened birds, and to maintain the important wetland ecosystem.
“The scenery, scenic location and the unique and beautiful waterfowl combined make this site a national treasure. Flora and fauna are part of our nation’s history and have attracted thousands of visitors, adults and children, locals and foreigners.
“We note that this act of theft was well planned, unfolding as it did at night during curfew.”
Mc Dowall called on anyone who knows the authors or the buyers to do what is right and patriotic and to give the information to the police, any conservation organization and / or the media, “so that we can join forces to rid the nation of these threats. “
Marabella police are investigating the theft and said they were following a number of leads.