Volunteers clear Brac for brown booby nesting

Brac residents are kicking off their fall cleanup efforts on the shores, targeting the seasonal nesting areas for the indigenous brown booby. 

The organization G.R.E.E.N. Team for the Sustainable Sister Islands stated in a press release that in recent years the birds have been abandoning some large colonies on the south side of the island. The organization noted: “No formal studies have been done, however, their absence and transition is notable.” 

The birds eat plastic and other litter along the beach, which could kill them immediately or cause serious problems later in life. The organization cited a recent study that found almost three-quarters of brown boobies examined either dead or alive had plastic in their stomach contents.  

Volunteers this fall will clean up abandoned nesting sites and clear other areas for next year’s flock. 

The organization will meet Sept. 19, at 7-8:30 a.m. at the boat ramp on the south shore, east of Aston Reid Road. Volunteers will get assignments, instructions and trash bags.  

The group is also hosting an underwater cleanup on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Panama Canal and Handcuff Reef.