Dr. André F. Raine
Dr. Raine is a Bermudian ornithologist who has worked on conservation projects throughout the world. He has a PhD from the University of East Anglia on moorland birds and has written three bird books, including The Photographic Guide to the Birds of Bermuda, and numerous scientific publications. His work has taken him around the world to conservation projects in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, the Seychelles, England and Zambia. He currently runs an endangered seabird project on the island of Kaua’i, in Hawaii.
Bermuda Experience – Raine spent his youth exploring the rocky coastlines and tide pools of St. David’s Parish. While undertaking his BSc in Wildlife Biology in Canada, he returned each summer to work as part of the government’s Conservation Unit, becoming an expert on the island’s wildlife. He also spent several years helping with conservation efforts to recover the population of Bermuda Cahow – one of the world’s rarest seabirds – and became the second person to successfully hand-rear an abandoned Cahow chick to fledging. His MSc thesis focused on Bermuda’s only endemic terrestrial vertebrate – the Bermuda Skink.
Malta Experience – Dr. Raine spent over four years working as the Conservation
Manager for BirdLife Malta. During that time he worked on a variety of projects, including coordinating and compiling the first Breeding Bird Atlas for the Maltese islands, tackling wildlife crime issues related to illegal hunting and trapping and undertaking a range of research projects with Malta’s enigmatic Yelkouan Shearwater.
Geoffrey Saliba is a leading Maltese Conservationist and has been involved with BirdLife Malta for over 10 years. He started as as a volunteer, joining staff as the Campaign Coordinator, is a former BLM President and a current council member. He is the Malta Business Bureau’s Sustainable Development Manager, working on energy and water issues relating to industry. An experienced project manager, his work has won awards from the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, the European Projects Association, and DG ENV within the European Commission.