Reviewing another year of LIFE IP AZORES NATURA
04/01/2021 - Direção Regional do Ambiente
Last January 1, the LIFE IP AZORES NATURA had another anniversary, today, as a way to mark the date, and reviewing on the last year progress, we release our anniversary video.
More than just a Christmas ornament
29/12/2020 - Direção Regional do Ambiente
The Ilex azorica is a perennial shrub with dark green leaves and red fruits that make its aspect characteristic and easy to distinguish between the Laurissilva forest. Historically, this species has had numerous uses, such as feeding cattle, thus molding some aspects of the Azorean landscape, namely, some field pastures. As for its protection status, its use for livestock feed, coupled with the occupation of humans in places where, normally, this species would occur, the silent threat of invasive species and the risk of hybridization (still little studied) has made this species vulnerable. More than just a Christmas ornament known to all is an extremely important endemic species in the Azorean ecosystem, serving as food for countless species and even the Priolo (Pyrrhula murina) (target-species of the LIFE IP Azores Natura project) that feeds almost exclusively on the flower buds of the Ilex at the beginning winter, when food is scarce.
For these reasons, for its vulnerability, this species, requires, form all of us, a special care.
LIFE IP AZORES NATURA Newsletter 1st Edition (Christmas special)
22/12/2020 - Direção Regional do Ambiente
We present the first edition of the LIFE IP Azores Natura Newsletter, which contains activities, news, items on target species and puzzles related to the project.
This Christmas special edition marks the beginning of the LIFE IP Azores Natura Newsletter, which will have a biannual periodicity.
Continue to participate and monitor our activities. We count on you!
Newsletter LIFE IP AZORES NATURA 1ª Edição:
Coastal and underwater cleaning event in the Special Conservation Zone of Monte da Guia and Porto da Horta
21/12/2020 - Direção Regional do Ambiente
The Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs has the pleasure to present a short film produced by the biologist Nuno Potes and the marine biologist Ana Besugo, which highlights the dedication, enthusiasm and will to make a difference of the citizens, organizations and companies involved in the clean-up event which took place in the past 26th of September in Faial Island. This action was implemented in the scope of the Maritime European Day and Ocean Clean-up day. The clean-up, awareness and community involvement action is a part of the action C10.1 of the Nature Conservancy Project LIFE IP AZORES NATURA.
It was with great pleasure that we witnessed such a significant adherence to the problem of marine litter at sea in the region.
From the entire LIFE IP AZORES NATURA team, the greatest thanks to all the stakeholders and we will be here next year to continue the work started!!!
What we’ve been up to in November!?
14/12/2020 - Direção Regional do Ambiente
Watch the video and see all the events and activities carried out during the month of November by the LIFE IP AZORES NATURA teams and partners.
Loggerhead turtle: the best known sea turtle in the Azores
26/11/2020 - Direção Regional do Ambiente
The loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) is the best known sea turtle of the Azoreans and the most common species found in the waters around the islands. The specimens that occur in the Azores are mostly from the beaches of Florida. After the eggs hatch on these beaches, the small turtles face a long oceanic journey that can last up to 15 years. It is during this juvenile oceanic phase that they occur in the Azores, with records of animals between 8 and 80 cm. During the oceanic stay, the turtles are opportunistic, but preferentially feed on gelatinous beings such as the Portuguese caravel (Physalia physalis) and medusozoa. When they reach the pre-adult stage, the physically robust tultles leave the ocean waters and return to the western Atlantic coast. Young turtles will feed, like adults, on crabs, molluscs and other coastal invertebrates, until they reach their maturity. The sexual maturity of these animals happens around 30 years of age. Adults measure about 1 meter in length and can weigh more than 100 kg. Usually, females return to the beach where they were born to spawn. Studies show that the Azores represent an essential area in the life cycle of this species, which has as main threats accidental capture, marine litter, pollution and phenomena related to climate change, which is why its conservation status is vulnerable, according to the IUCN *.
Angelica lignescens or Melanoselinum decipiens?
19/11/2020 - Direção Regional do Ambiente
The species that today we present is the Angelica lignescens this species is very rare occurring only in habitats where there is a continuous supply of water. Watson first reported it in the Azores in 1842 on Faial Island, under the name of Melanoselinum decipiens. Later, studies where carried out that raised serious doubts about the classification of the species, resulting in the change of the name to the one we today know. The main threats to this species, already so rare, are the degradation of habitats and the proliferation of exotic species. For these reason, the LIFE IP Azores Natura project will develop conservation works targeting this and other endemic species that characterize our natural heritage.
Results for the photo contest “Vamos fotografar invasoras”
18/11/2020 - Direção Regional do Ambiente
Regarding the photo contest "Vamos fotografar invasoras" launched on October 12, 2020, commemorating the 1st Nacional Week about Invasive Species and after the period of sending the photos to the contest has ended as well as analyzing each of the photos sent, the winner was determined.
We are grateful for the participation of all competitors, and the interest in this activity hopping that we can count with your participation in future LIFE IP Azores Natura activities
However, the winner for this competition was the ATL / 1st cycle, from Centro Social de Bairro, which sent us photographs of invasive species portrayed by all students.
The winning photographs will be used later, with due credit, in activities, exhibitions and other means made by the LIFE IP Azores Natura programme.
What we’ve been up to in October
13/11/2020 - Direção Regional do Ambiente
Watch the video and see all the events and activities carried out during the month of Octoberr by the LIFE IP AZORES NATURA teams and partners.
The “Dragon” Tree
11/11/2020 - Direção Regional do Ambiente
This species, endemic to the Macaronesian region and native to the Azores, is known by many due to its size and unique aspect. It can exceed 15 meters in height and 5 meters in diameter and reach hundreds of years of age. It is very common in the gardens of Azorean houses, and its name derives from the color of its sap which, after being oxidized by exposure to the air, forms a pasty substance with a bright red color that our ancestors nicknamed “dragon's blood” believing it had healing properties, and it was also used to dye fabrics and in the manufacture of varnish for violins.
Its conservation status is currently vulnerable in its natural habitat, thus yet another target species of the LIFE IP AZORES NATURA project.