If you have traveled the Azores, you might have wondered where after dusk the strange chants are coming from. It is the chant of the Cagarros, or Cory’s shearwater, a large maritime bird that breeds in the Azores. In the autumn, before flying to Brasil to spend the winter the young Cagarros need your help. At night they easily get disoriented and are often ran over by cars.

Cagarro, Visit Faial, the best destination of the Azores

SOS Cagarro

Every October the SOS Cagarro campaign calls to the attention of everybody to help saving the young birds’ lives. If you find a Cagarro, take a towel to protect yourself, wrap it, and put it in a cardboard box. Call the free 24 hourSOS Cagarro hotline under 800 292 800 to get assistance and information on where to bring the little friend.

Volunteering

The OMA Observatório do Mar dos Açores is looking for volunteers who can help collecting the birds. If you are in Faial, sign up for the Brigadas Científicas and help the scientists with their work. If you have car you can help around the island, if not, you can help in the city.

Registration and more information:

  • mariajoana@oma.pt | 292 292 140
  • Meeting point from October 25 to 30 at 19:30 Bar da Praia (see map at the bottom of the post for directions)
  • Meeting point from October 31 to November 5 at 20:20 Bar da Praia (see map at the bottom of the post for directions)

Save a Cagarro, make a friend!

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SOS Cagarro, VIsit Faial, the best destination of the Azores